“The energy companies are focusing on operational efficiency, improved quality, increased production, high uptime, and ease of monitoring and controlling the critical infrastructure. Grid operators are now embracing new digital solutions that will help them achieve those goals,” said Mahmoud Hanafy, Senior Vice President, Siemens Energy Transmission Solutions in the Middle East.
Siemens Energy’s Transmission Solutions team in the Middle East are deploying this approach at a number of sites across the region. The online, live stream allows for numerous functions, including real-time virtual reality mark-up for remote guidance and site surveying for greenfield projects that are inaccessible.
“In the past, conducting factory tests would typically require professionals and customers to travel abroad, incurring additional costs in addition to spending more time. Now, the new solutions can drive long-term new business models, helping reduce the carbon footprint, it’s also about adapting to the new way of working digitally,” he added.
In the United Arab Emirates, the first live remote SAT was recently completed successfully at one of the largest 400-kV stations in the country. While in Egypt, the New Urban Communities Authority, the state-owned authority which manages and operates newly developed cities, has applied the virtual tests at both the Al Sadat and New Mansoura substations.