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New Kahramaa project to prevent power outages

Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) has launched a mega condition monitoring project for asset management of 11kV Electricity Distribution Network to enhance its performance and reliability

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Project will boost power network resilience to avert outages
Project will boost power network resilience to avert outages

Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) has launched a mega condition monitoring project for asset management of 11kV Electricity Distribution Network to enhance its performance and reliability.

The project will ensure that Kahramaa has an early warning about malfunctions in its system, process restrictions and degradation of equipment, and also help the corporation assess depreciation.

The utility distributor will have the capability to sense the conditions beforehand that could make a sudden large-scale power supply disruption possible, so corrective measures are taken immediately.

The scale of this project is being considered as the first of its kind in the GCC region as a whole covering the entire electricity distribution network.

The project is being executed by the Electricity Distribution Department with the aim of carrying out a comprehensive condition monitoring program of more than 11,000 Electricity Distribution Substations in-live condition within a time-frame of three years.

The goal is to have assessment of the health of the entire fleet of assets and prioritise the interventions based on the severity of the condition and criticality of the asset.

Each asset is monitored for a set of condition parameters and a quantified scoring system is used to represent the Asset Health as per actual site conditions.

The Asset Health model was evolved based on Kahramaa’s experience and recommendations as per international standards.

The objective of the Asset Health Model is to effectively support advanced strategies in the field of asset maintenance, asset replacement, and risk-aware grid operation.

Other Kahramaa transmission networks have capacities of 33kV, 66kV and 132kV. The 11kV network serves households.

Last year Kahramaa completed the condition monitoring of 69% of its network which involves more than 7,750 Substations and more than 45,000 assets.

The Overall Asset Health Index stands at 94 percent, reflecting the good condition of the assets.

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