This flagship project is part of Senegalâs national electricity company Senelecâs (www.Senelec.sn) transmission and distribution grid expansion, reinforcement and reliability enhancement program to be completed byÂ VINCI Energies West Africa;Â Substations not only supply electricity to the homes but also manage the power flowing into the grid from various renewable energy sources; GEâs (www.GE.com) Grid Solutionsâ digital substationâs advanced functionalities, with its footprint reduced by up to 50% as well as accelerated deployment, are a key enabler of the energy transition.
GE Renewable Energyâs Grid Solutions business (NYSE-GE) recently commissioned the first ever fully digital high voltage substation on the African continent in ThiÃ¨s, 70 km from Dakar in Senegal. This key 225 kV substation project is part of Senegalâs national electricity company SenelecâsÂ transmission and distribution grid expansion, reinforcement and reliability enhancement program to be completed by VINCI Energies West Africa.
âThis flagship project was made possible due to the robust synergy among VINCI Energies West Africa teams, the technical support of our team Omexom and the digital expertise of GEâs Grid Solutions. This first ever digital substation on the continent is a great example of how to successfully combine the ongoing energy transition with a needed digital transformation to make the Senegalese electricity network more reliable and efficient,â said Wassel Bouaouda, VINCI Energies.
Gridâs digital substation (https://bit.ly/3hbu1LR) brings the flexibility of software-based applications, resulting in more opportunities for remote maintenance and upgrades. It also opens the door to more secure and efficient exchange of data between multiple devices. The advantages are that real-time data can be analyzed to optimize asset use and maximize system reliability. Such advantages are crucial for substations – not only to supply electricity to the homes but also to manage the power flowing into the grid from various renewable energy sources.
Commenting on this significant milestone, Eric Amoussouga, Sales Director, GEâs Grid Solutions Business, Sub-Saharan Africa, said, âA digital substationâs advanced functionalities with its footprint reduced by up to 50% (https://bit.ly/3BWoWPv) as well as accelerated deployment are a key enabler of the energy transition.
Moreover, by replacing the copper cables with fiber-optic cables – which do not conduct electricity, makes it safer for workers during maintenance activities. We are proud to have commissioned the first-ever fully digital substation in Africa, contributing to the increased reliability of Senegalâs electricity grid.â
The project contract signed between GE and VINCI Energies in 2018 included the delivery, commissioning, installation, and supervision of GEâs Grid Solutions digital substation, panels, digital control system, current transducer optic and voltage transducer optic.