Tata Power selects technology for new unified automation project in Mumbai


Bahman Hoveida,
President & CEO,
Mumbai, India — (METERING.COM) — January 7, 2010 – A comprehensive new contract to upgrade the automation infrastructure that serves central Mumbai and surrounding areas has been awarded by Tata Power Company, Ltd to Open Systems International, Inc. (OSI) and its Indian partner, Chemtrols Ltd.

The scope of the contract includes the replacement of multiple nodal SCADA systems that monitor and control district level grids, as well as a new unified master system and operator training simulator, intended to manage all grid operations from the central control room (CCR) at Tata Power’s headquarters in Mumbai.

Phase One of the project comprises the replacement and upgrade of three of Tata Power’s seven nodal SCADA systems throughout Mumbai and implementation of a state-of-the-art new unified SCADA system at Tata Power’s Mumbai CCR. This is poised to significantly improve and modernize the company’s Mumbai power transmission and distribution grid operations through the unification and consolidation of real time grid monitoring and control, resulting in a dramatic enhancement in operational efficiency, cyber security and overall system reliability.

To be implemented in close cooperation with Chemtrols Ltd., this comprehensive and evolutionary new SCADA project is set to include an advanced distributed and multi-tiered real time data management system and synchronization between nodal and master stations, also featuring advanced operator training simulator functionality and employing OSI’s state-of-the-art data engineering and maintenance subsystem; real time and historical trending; communications front-end processing; inter-control center communications protocol (ICCP); historical information system and data archiving; real time calculations; alarm management; energy accounting; common information model interface; switching order management; and quality of service indices products, as well as the enhanced functionality of OSI’s Microsoft® .NET based Graphical User Interface.

“Everyone at OSI is extremely excited about this significant new project with Tata Power,” said Bahman Hoveida, President and CEO of OSI. “This new project to comprehensively upgrade Tata Power’s Mumbai power infrastructure marks a significant point in the histories of all parties involved. Smarter and more comprehensive grid implementations such as this one are promising to become the industry standard moving forward.”

Tata Power is India’s largest private sector utility, with a presence in all segments of the power sector.