Technologies and Innovations

Commentary-interview of the Director for Automation of Business Processes A. A. Areshkin

The main areas of IT system development in 2015 are related with automation of business processes.

In order to improve the quality of customer care, the Company performed the following activities in the framework of automation of its technological connection business process and service development:

  • implemented the support system for development of technical specifications which enables the Company specialists to design and select the optimum technical solution for connection to PJSC MOESK grid, thus reducing the timeframe required for technological connection,
  • developed its information portal on technological connections in order to eliminate the need for personal (physical) visits to the offices for the Applicants (Zero Visits program),
  • performed activities on modernization of its contact center Light Line.

In the framework of automation of its business process for electric power transmission and metering, the Company implemented additional functions of the hardware and software complex for calculation of delivered transmission services and generation of electric power balances.

Additionally, the Company:

  • worked on creation of reference base regulating archive storage of documents, which is an important step towards creation of electronic document archive with all archive documentation of PJSC MOESK,
  • implemented the system for automated processing of internal user requests (ServiceDesk),
  • launched a project for implementation of a single corporate domain for centralization of IT computing systems used by all automated facilities into an IT infrastructure with uniform control functions.

One of the key goals for 2016 is to implement the project for replication of mobile team management system, which will improve the level of information certainty as required to make decisions in the course of operating dispatch control, operation, repair, and development of electric grid and to improve the efficiency and reduce the timeframe of scheduled and emergency activities at electrical grid facilities due to optimum distribution of mobile work teams among work sites. This project will increase the reliability of electric power supply and labor efficiency.

The Company also plans to complete automation of business process for client application management and analysis of client relations efficiency (CRM), implement a system for prompt notification about process-related violations with indication of causes of their occurrence.

Information Technology and Telecommunication

Results of Development of Automated Process Control Systems (AEa.) in 2015:

In order to improve observability and controllability of 35-220 kV grid, over the reporting year the Company commissioned cutting-edge systems for data collection and transfer at 26 stations. Seven stations were equipped with Automated Process Control Systems (AEa.). In 2015, the Company launched a target program to increase the reliability of operational process control (OPC) for Novaya Moskva branch; implementation of other target programs is in progress: automation of OPC at Moscow Cable Grids (MCG) branch of PJSC MOESK, modernization and expansion of data collection and transmission system for PJSC MOESK stations.

Results of Business Process Automation in 2015

PJSC MOESK continuously improves its IT system. Thus, the following projects were implemented in 2015:

  • Implementation of system for support of technical specifications preparation process based on Tekla NIS platform which can automatically calculate the options of technical solutions for connections to electric grids in regions 12 and 21 of MCG branch of PJSC MOESK;
  • Development of information portal for technological connections (Zero Visits program) in order to eliminate the need for personal (physical) visits to the offices for the Applicants:
  • Modernization of Contact Center Light Line which enabled delivery of services to consumers in automatic mode without direct interaction with the operator and reduced timeframe for information provision in response to client applications:
  • Implementation of uniform authentication functionality for the web-based client area of PJSC MOESK and web-based client area of PJSC “Mosenergosbyt”, which enables quick transition between them without additional authentication;
  • Subsystem for generation of bar codes for documents on technological connections, which enables the Company employees to uniquely identify and quickly find the documents and enables the consumers to use the bar code for online services;
  • Implementation of functionality for notification of consumers about scheduled power supply outage via SMS and E-mail;
  • Automation of business process for consolidation of electrical grid assets into the Automated Information System for Technological Connection Control (AIS TCC) and the Client Area of PJSC MOESK in order to formalize the transfer of electric grid facilities to the balance sheet of PJSC with the possibility to submit applications both in the client service centers and via the web-based client area;
  • Implementation of digitization process for applications and complaints in the client area of PJSC MOESK, where the client can quickly obtain consultation, send a letter or complaint without the need for a physical visit to the Company office;
  • Automation of workspace for compliance control employee in charge of identification of possible corruption attributes based on the key corruption indicators, including the possibility to prepare uniform reports on the completed anticorruption checks;
  • Automation of business process “Electric Power Consumption without Contract” in the Automated Information System for Technological Connection Control (AIS TCC) to formalize the accounting process for Reports on Electric Power Consumption without Contract until execution of contract on electric power consumption or limitation of electric power consumption;
  • Modernization of architecture, implementation and introduction of additional functions of the hardware & software complex of AIS “KIS Balance” based on the Omniutilities platform to enable calculations for the volumes of delivered transmission services and generation of electric power balances;
  • Creation of reference base regulating archive storage of documents, survey and collection of input data on the paper documentation funds within branches and Power Grids Regions, development of typical reference documentation set for organization and performance of activities on documentation fund digitization;
  • Creation of client forum in the form of interactive consulting platform dedicated to technological connections and power supply;
  • Automation of business process for 360 degrees personnel appraisal;
  • Automation of integration process between the Software Complex for Incident Notification (SWCIN) and Software Complex “Accident Occurrence Rate” as related with application for emergency outage;
  • The SWCIN has functionality for input of data on 0.4 kV equipment, including association with the consumer addresses, which will enable delivery of notifications to the clients about emergency power outage in the future.

Additionally, the following projects were launched in 2015:

  • Transfer to electronic workflow
  • Automation of technological connection process
  • Reliability improvement
  • HR management and remuneration calculation

R&D in 2015

 

R&D Description Timeframe Technical results of December 31, 2015: R&D result implementation site: R&D result implementation effect: Actual cost of R&D implementation in 2015, RUB mln with VAT
System for monitoring and prediction of electric grid damage, including assessment of necessary resource mobilization under the impact of hazardous natural phenomena 2014-2016
  • study of global experience in the R&D subject;
  • development of concept for weather monitoring system design;
  • development of technical specifications for weather monitoring subsystems;
  • development of software for weather monitoring subsystems, generation of weather forecasts and warning about hazardous weather conditions to determine damage risks for power equipment and assess the resources required for emergency response.
  • inspection of equipment installed at pilot site facilities of PJSC MOESK;
  • selection of installation points (25 installation points in Company branches) and types of weather monitoring equipment at PJSC MOESK facilities;
  • development of technical design for deployment of pilot part of weather monitoring system;
  • ongoing development of design and cost estimation documentation for deployment of pilot part of monitoring system.

The Company plans to implement a system for monitoring and prediction of occurrence time, nature, and duration of hazardous natural phenomena which damage the electric grid as required to assess necessary mobilization of resources in case of hazardous natural phenomena impact across the entire service area of PJSC MOESK, including implementation of automatic weather stations for prompt collection of weather data and forecast update within the system operation territory.

  • Decreased volumes of non-supplied electric power.
  • Reduced time and costs for rectification of emergency situation consequences caused by hazardous natural phenomena.
  • Reduced time of emergency response due to timely arrival of personnel to the site of emergency occurrence.
  • Mobilization of main resources of one specific branch (personnel, reserve equipment, special vehicles, etc.) assigned to the territory of possible emergency without engagement of resources from other branches.
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12.35 Financing
12.35 Cost per acceptance certificates

Development and implementation of intelligent distribution grid technologies for PJSC MOESK 2014-2016
  • study of global experience in implementation of intelligent grid projects;
  • survey of equipment in pilot zones (22nd region of Moscow Cable Grids branch “Scherbinka” and Mozhaisky and Ruzsky Power Grids Region of the Western Electric grids branch) to be used for intelligent grid technology implementation.
  • development of main technical concepts for implementation of smart distribution grids rated for 6-20/0.4 kV and approval of such concepts by the Science and Technology Board of PJSC MOESK, including the following:
  • creation of SCADA6 /DMS7 /OMS8 systems;
  • identification of scope and composition of remote metering functionality as required for SCADA/DMS/OMS operation;
  • technical solutions for remote control over distribution grids of PJSC MOESK;
  • methods and algorithms for optimum selection of recloser quantities and installation points;
  • main technical solutions for creation of Intelligent System for Fiscal and Technical Metering of Electric Energy and Power (IPMS), solutions for combination of metering and remote control functionality;
  • main technical solutions for ATVR[4] for transformers in feed center and RPCM5 in TS[9]/DTS[10];
  • solutions for organization of communication channels for ASDPC[13] and IPMS14;
  • information security solutions;
  • IT assets of ASDPC and IPMS.
  • design documentation for implementation of smart grids technology at pilot sites of Mozhaisky and Ruzsky Power Grids and 22nd region of Moscow Cable Grids branch (Scherbinka) was prepared and approved by the Science and Technology Board of PJSC MOESK;
  • ongoing development of cost estimates and detailed design documentation for implementation of smart distribution grids in pilot zones.

The technology will be implemented at pilot sites of 22nd region of Moscow Cable Grids branch of PJSC MOESK “Scherbinka” and at pilot sites of Mozhaisky and Ruzsky Power Grids Region of the Western Electric grids branch of PJSC MOESK. The technology will be applied for distribution transformer stations (DTS), transformer stations (TS) which have effect on operation of the entire grid between the TSs, as well as switching equipment, automated sectionalizing points, overhead lines and cable lines in distribution grids rated for 6-20/0.4 kV.

  • Reduction of technology application cost in the course of further deployment.
  • Reduction load losses, non-supplied electric power in emergency conditions.
  • Optimization of grid operation conditions.
  • Improved observability and controllability of the grid.
  • Monitoring of equipment condition.
Study of electric power quality in 10/0.4 kV distribution grids, including development of guidelines, instructions, and technical activities to improve the quality of electric power supplied by PJSC MOESK 2014-2015
  • survey of Southern Electric Grids (SEG) branch, including preparation of documentation;
  • tests for identification of electric power quality indicators in (6—10) kV grids and voltage losses in 380 V grids, preparation of electric power quality charts for the surveyed grids.
  • identification of main causes for violationwith the electric power quality indicators at the surveyed pilot sites (7 stations of SEG branch);
  • development of technical and organizational corrective measures to improve the quality of electric power at pilot sites, identification of bottlenecks, electric grids which must be revamped;
  • implementation of corrective actions which do not require additional costs;
  • development of guidelines for PJSC MOESK personnel regarding the electric power quality;
  • implementation of corrective actions which do not require additional costs;
  • repeated measurements of electric power quality indicators after performance of corrective measures.
  • development of guidelines for PJSC MOESK personnel regarding the electric power quality;
  • organization of seminars for PJSC MOESK personnel regarding the electric power quality.

The results shall be used by the electric power quality departments, distribution grid department, electric and cable grid regions, technological connections departments within PJSC MOESK branches. Electric power quality improvement activities, which do not require any additional costs, were performed at the pilot sites of Southern Electric Grids branch of PJSC MOESK.

  • Optimization of costs for revamp of facilities due to performance of economically feasible activities in the sufficient scope to ensure compliance of electric power quality with the regulatory documents.
  • Increase in the share of technical activities performed using the resources of PJSC MOESK only (selection of optimum voltage regulation law, load compensation in 380 V grids).
  • Improvement of electric power quality and transmission efficiency due to optimization of electric power consumption and losses.

9.94 Cost per acceptance certificates

Preparation of development schemes for 6-20 kV electric grids in Power Grids Regions (PGR) of PJSC MOESK in Moscow region 2014-2015
  • analysis of the current condition of electrical facilities and throughput capacity of electric grids rated for 6-20 kV for 34 PGRs;
  • development of single-line diagrams for 34 PGRs rated for 6-20 kV in Moscow region with consideration of new construction, expansion, and revamp of distribution grids;
  • establishment of database to be used as a part of geoinformation system;
  • preparation of proposal for development of electric grids rated for 6-20 kV with breakdown to each PGR for short-term (5-7 years) and long-term (10 years) perspective, including assessment of

6-20 kV electric grids, 34 PGRs in Moscow region.

  • Improved quality of investment planning by PJSC MOESK.
  • Improved quality and reliability of electric power supply to consumers in Moscow region

33.14 Financing
150.98 Cost per acceptance certificates

Development of typical digital station rated for 10, 20, 35 kV 2014-2016
  • study of technologies in the field of digital stations and development of technical specifications for components of digital SS rated for 10,20, 35 kV;
  • development of technical specifications for the typical compact modular quick-mount digital station rated for 35 kV, SG15, DP16 and DTS rated for 6-10, 20 kV;
  • development of technical specification for manufacturing of typical modules (Transformer MB17, ESGMB-6(10-20)kV, ESGMB-35kV18, SSC A CDCCS MB19) to be installed at stations rated for 35 kV, SG, DS and DTP 6-10, 20 kV for two options of station enclosure (concrete and sandwich)
    The following activities are in progress:
  • development of typical design documentation for modular packaged digital station;
  • development of design documentation for modular packaged digital station at the pilot site of Znamenskaya SS.

The Company plans to fabricate a prototype (components of DSS: ESGMB — 35kV, ESGMB-6(10)kV, SSC A CDCCS MB) which will be operated at a PJSC MOESK site. The pilot site shall be arranged at 35 kV station Znamenskaya.

  • decreased time and costs for design and survey activities;
  • decreased time and costs for revamp of facilities rated for 35 kV, ESG, DP and DTP rated for 6-10, 20 kV.
  • possibility to perform revamp projects at sites with limited space;
  • improved performance reliability of stations, lower emergency occurrence rate.

6.12 Financing
6.12 Cost per acceptance certificates

Reactive power compensation in distribution grid 2014-2016
  • analysis of global experience in application of RPC devices20 in distribution grids;
  • development of control algorithm for RPC and AVR (automatic voltage regulation) devices to minimize electric power losses minimization and maintain the allowable voltage levels in the electric grid.
  • selection of pilot sites for implementation of RPC devices.
  • development of design documentation on installation of RPC device control system with consideration of AVR utilization at the pilot site.
    The following activities are in progress:
  • development of design documentation on prototype of reactive power compensation device;
  • fabrication of RPC device control system and laboratory tests;
  • development of design and detailed design documentation on RPC device control system with consideration of AVR utilization at the pilot site of PJSC MOESK

The Company plans to implement the control system and install at least 50 reactive power compensation devices at the pilot sites of PJSC MOESK branch — Eastern Electric Grids.

  • Reduction of electric power losses due to optimization of reactive power flows.
  • Reduction of PJSC MOESK costs in connection with design & survey activities and construction & installation activities, commissioning activities due to replication of solutions in distribution grids.
  • Decreased load on the power equipment due to the lower value of reactive current.
  • Improved possibilities for connection of consumers to PJSC MOESK stations.
  • Higher efficiency of utilization of equipment throughput capacity in the electric grid for active power transmission due to optimization of reactive current flows.

15.8 Financing
15.8 Cost per acceptance certificates

Automatic reclosing with transmission line condition monitoring (ARTLCM) 2014-2016
  • optimum methods of FL21 and SCL22 were selected for AR23 of power lines with line condition monitoring function (Pulse wave method, Pulse location method;
  • model and prototype of FL device for AR with line condition monitoring were developed and fabricated;
  • laboratory tests were performed on the model and prototype of FL device.
  • model and prototype of AR device with line condition monitoring function were developed and fabricated;
  • experimental and performance tests were performed on AR device with line condition monitoring function.

The Company plans to install the new device on all existing 110 – 220 kV transmission lines operated by PJSC MOESK. Pilot implementation of ARTLCM system is planned for overhead cable lines in the following branches of PJSC MOESK: Moscow HV Grids, Western Electric Grids and Eastern Electric Grids.

  • Reduced equipment repair costs
  • Lower volumes of equipment damage; (application of AR on the cable run with 1-phase short circuit results in damage to adjacent phases and larger scopes of equipment damage).

13.04 Cost per acceptance certificates

PJSC MOESK plans to perform the following R&D activities in 2016–2017:

  • Development of guidelines on application of diagnosis tools for 6–220 kV equipment under operating voltage by partial discharge method;
  • Development of guidelines on selection of neutral earthing mode in 6–35 kV grids, including description of aspects in connection with the transfer of Moscow Cable Grids rated for 6(10) kV to resistive earthing neutral operation mode;
  • Development of typical design for support-mounted 110 kV junction unit for connection of overhead line and cable line;
  • Development of technical solutions and recommendations for transfer of existing 6–10 kV grid to 20 kV grid in rural areas;
  • Development of typical engineering solutions for segregation of technical and fiscal metering of electric power in 6-20 kV switchgear cubicles with bolted feeders which supply power to several electric users;
  • Development and implementation of intelligent distribution grid technologies;
  • System for monitoring and prediction of electric grid damage, including assessment of necessary resource mobilization under the impact of hazardous natural phenomena;
  • Development of typical digital station rated for 10, 20, 35 kV;
  • Automatic reclosing with transmission line condition monitoring;
  • Reactive power compensation in distribution grid.

List of Patents/Certificates Obtained in 2015 in Connection with R&D Results

In 2015, PJSC MOESK obtained 4 title protection documents (patents) on the results of its R&D activities:

  • Utility model patent “Automatic transformer voltage governor”;
  • Utility model patent “Charger for electric public transport (DC)”;
  • Utility model patent “ Charger for electric public transport (AC)”;
  • Certificate of software registration “Settings calculation program for automatic regulation of transfer voltage in electric grids”.

Additionally, the Company submitted an application for utility model patent “Automatic recloser for overhead electric cable transmission line” to Rospatent (Russian Agency for Patents and Trademarks).

Funds Allocated for R&D

Category 2013 2014 2015 2014/2015
Revenues from electric power transmission, RUB mln without VAT (total), including: 38,580.2 33,656.4 35,787.8 +6.33
Funds allocated for R&D, RUB mln
Financing 47.7 197.8 67.4 -65.93
Cost per acceptance certificates 208.2 5.26

Revenues from electric power transmission, without VAT (total)

35,787.8

Funds allocated for R&DRUB mln

67.4

Cost per acceptance certificates
RUB mln

208.2

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