Smart grid development in Iraq to advance with new communications solution


Baghdad, Iraq and Zurich, Switzerland — (METERING.COM) — July 5, 2013 – A utility communications solution that will serve seven electricity distribution control centers in Iraq is to be supplied by ABB, as part of a larger infrastructure improvement initiative currently being carried out by the Ministry of Electricity to establish a dependable power network to support the country’s economic and social development.

The system will be capable of transmitting data from 428 distribution substations and 150 maintenance centers in the grid to the seven regional control centers. The system will include broadband wireless radios to carry both data and voice transmissions, ensuring reliable operation of the grid and supporting the speedy identification, isolation and resolution of faults.

“The establishment of an effective communications system is key to the reliability and efficiency of the grid” said Jens Birgersson, head of ABB’s Network Management business unit.

The high capacity wireless communication network being delivered in Iraq will bring a number of advantages to the grid. The radios can communicate over distances in excess of 50 km to provide a scalable, highly flexible and cost effective solution. The solution will also include operational telephony and SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) services.