Client: Major IOU
Location: Western Canada
Meeting capital targets and keeping the customer energized during a reconductoring project
A major IOU in Western Canada was looking to complete a reconductoring project on a main 25kV radial feeder. This feeder was the only source of power for a sensitive customer and a small community. To ensure customer satisfaction the initial plan was to complete the work live.
This was a viable option although the utility’s live-line standard working procedures (SWP) would require more time and more labor hours. This would not only drive up the cost of the project, but would also not meet their capital targets for their year. Instead of deferring capital the utility reached out to Aggreko to see if we could help.
Grid on Demand safely isolates the system while keeping power flowing
The utility consulted with the Aggreko commercial team to see if Grid on Demand would be a viable option. Through mutual consultation it was found that using Grid on Demand would speed up the critical path of the reconductor project by 6 months and improve capital efficiency by approximately 30%.
Once the commercial assessment was completed the Utility needed to ensure the stability of the Grid on Demand system. Aggreko technical teams consulted with the utility to ensure that all protective devices were properly coordinated with the utility’s distribution system.
Protecting capital expenditure by improving capital efficiency
The customer discovered that using Grid on Demand over live-line work:
- Improved capital productivity — completed the project 6 months sooner with 50% less crew hours
- Improved capital efficiency — reduced the cost of the project by 30%
- Reduced safety risks — removed 4000 hours of live line work