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Schneider maximizes uptime at Manitoba electrical station


Schneider Electric, Mississauga ON, a global specialist in energy management, has completed the engineering, design, manufacturing and installation of Canada’s largest redundant IEC 61850-compliant protection and control system. Installed in the newly built Riel Terminal Station located near Winnipeg, Schneider Electric’s Protection Automation and Control Integrated System (PACiS) will help Manitoba Hydro enhance the reliability of the province’s power supply.

Riel’s PACiS substation automation system is fully redundant with two control systems able to operate independently. More than 120 intelligent devices on the IEC 61850 network – from multiple vendors – communicate with each other through PACiS, increasing the security and reliability of the solution. Each device has two communication channels, working in parallel, connected to separate Ethernet rings. Both channels send the same information at the same time, ensuring the loss of any single device on the network will not result in a loss of protection or control functionality for Manitoba Hydro.

“Schneider Electric’s PACiS technology supports the design of reliable and redundant applications that meet even the most demanding specifications and standards,” said Eric Deschenes, vice-president, energy, Schneider Electric Canada. “Our solution at the Riel Terminal Station not only meets IEC 61850 standards for protection automation but also firmly places Manitoba Hydro at the forefront of the utility industry by delivering interoperability across multiple vendors, cost-savings and flexibility.”

Schneider Electric’s PACiS solution provides an unrivalled global systems approach with integrated protection (MiCOM) and meter (PowerLogic) ranges. The PACiS system also increases safety and cyber-security by helping to build a secure and NERC-CIP compliant solution, and with versatile HMI, PACiS provides innovative graphical functions to simplify operation and maintenance of assets in the electrical network.