GE Energy (Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.) has signed a contract for more than US$1.2 million with HQI Transelec Chile, S.A. to provide D20 remote terminal units for substation automation at 38 substations throughout Chile.
The D20 RTUs will perform supervisory, control and data acquisition functionality, act as a gateway sending and receiving information to and from the master station and also will interface with existing protection relays from different vendors.
GE Energy’s D20 RTU is a platform for substation automation that provides customers with flexibility to build a reliable, powerful and versatile system capable of handling monitoring, control, automation and communications in the smallest distribution to the largest transmission substations.
The project was created to support Transelec’s 2005/2006 capital investment and modernization program.
“Supporting Transelec’s investment program will help to ensure continued growth, development and modernization of Chile’s transmission system, which is critical to the development of the country’s entire electrical system,” said Dan Heintzelman, president of GE Energy’s services business. “Transelec has shown its confidence in GE’s superior technology and expertise by making the D20 RTU its standard product for substation automation.”
The first lot of RTUs was delivered in April 2006, lots two and three will follow in June 2006 and lot four will be delivered in September 2006.
Transelec is the primary electricity transmission company in Chile, which extends over 2900 kilometers north to south and serves the regions that concentrate the 99% of Chile’s population. Transelec owns and operates approximately 8279 kilometers of transmission lines that are supported by 51 substations, with a total transforming capacity of approximately 10,192 MVA.