Siemens Ltd. announced that the Infrastructure & Cities Sector had won a significant order worth around Rs.130 crore from the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd., or MSEDCL, to modernize the latter’s electricity distribution management system.
Siemens will manage the entire project in addition to the development, manufacture, implementation and commissioning of SCADA/DMS supervisory control centers for eight cities under the Restructured Accelerated Power Development Reforms Program (R-ADRP) of Government of India. The eight cities are Greater Mumbai, Pune, Nasik, Amravati, Malegaon, Sangli, Solapur and Kolhapur.
Apart from improving reliability of the distribution network and minimizing distribution losses, the SCADA/DMS-solution is an important step towards implementing a Smart Grid.
The project is scheduled to be commissioned by June 1013.
The Ministry of Power had launched the R-APDRP program in the Eleventh Five Year Plan. The program includes data acquisition at distribution level, monitoring the success of the IT backbone and strengthening the Electricity Distribution system across India. One of the objectives of the R-APDRP program s to reduce AT&C losses to 15 percent in project areas.
Siemens Managing Director Armin Bruck said, “A vast majority of people in India have limited access to reliable power and the national needs sustainable solutions to solve its power deficiency. With India’s visionary R-APDRP program, the government has laid the foundation for the future and it’s now the turn of state power distribution companies to leverage on it.”
Sector Cluster Lead-Infrastructure & Cities, South Asia Tilak Raj Seth said, “The solution enables customers to monitor their network on a real-time basis, perform necessary analysis and take remedial actions to reconfigure the network to make the power distribution reliable and efficient. The system will also help in giving quality service to consumers.”