LADWP Awards Substation Automation Contract to SchlumbergerSema

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP; Los Angeles, California, U.S.) signed a contract under which SchlumbergerSema (Greenwood Village, Colorado, U.S.) will furnish consulting, integration services and equipment to automate existing electrical substations.

The US$56 million contract represents one of the world's largest substation automation projects, and includes the retrofit of 179 existing substations and supply of two development/testing systems and a training simulator system.

As lead aggregator, SchlumbergerSema will work with technology provider Tasnet and subcontracted local minority business enterprises to provide all the services related to the system design, development, procurement, assembly and testing. SchlumbergerSema will also assist with the installation and commissioning of each system, and will provide training services for system operation and maintenance. Deployment of the system is scheduled to begin in late 2002 and is expected to take up to five years to complete.

According to Jack Waizenegger, LADWP's project manager, automating their substations using SchlumbergerSema will enable the company to maintain control system integrity and provide easy access to valuable power-system information, especially for planning and maintenance management.
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