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Siemens delivers Australia-first IEC61850 project

Siemens has delivered an Australian first IEC61850 automation installation along with gas-insulated switchgear that the company clams will save its customer up to $500,000.

The Siemens installation for South Australia transmission company, ElectraNet, represents the first IEC61850 installation for a transmission utility in Australia as part of a turnkey solution.

Siemens also supplied high-voltage, highly integrated gas-insulated switchgear (HIS) as part of the project, which it claims will provide lifecycle cost savings for ElectraNet of around $500,000.

“This is the first time IEC 61850 has been implemented in an Australian transmission facility — ElectraNet’s Clare North substation. IEC 61850 is the mandatory, secondary control systems technology required to integrate all protection, control, measurement and monitoring functions within the substation,” said Siemens vice president of energy, Steve Robinson.

“It also provides the means for high speed substation protection applications, interlocking and intertripping. The implementation of the IEC 61850 protocol provides ElectraNet with a fully integrated electrical system that meets local and international standards.”

In the turnkey solution, Siemens designed, manufactured, supplied, installed and commissioned all components, including a substation automation system, ancillary equipment and portable switchroom. ElectraNet will use the control room as a training facility for staff before it is installed at Clare North Substation.

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