Maharashtra state utility digitises substation operations


In India, Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited (MSETCL) has selected ABB for the development of a digital substation.

The project includes ABB supplying protection and control equipment, a Micro Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system and process bus.

The substation will use SCADA to remotely collect critical asset data and send it to ABB’s Ability Ellipse Asset Performance Management software to enable predictive and preventive maintenance.

The digital substation will enable MSETCL to optimise the transmission of clean energy from nearby solar plants to the rest of the state.

The project forms part of efforts by the state owned utility to modernise its grid and prepare for future business models. The initiative supports India’s Smart Grid Mission and Smart City vision to enhance grid reliability, efficiency and safety.

The project is expected to help MSETCL to reduce operational costs and improve the lifespan of distributed assets.

The substation is currently the largest planned digital substation project in India and will be operated by the utility once it is completed.

MSETCL selected ABB via engineering and procurement company Stelmec.