Don't miss GCC Power 2015 3rd November, 2015 9:00 AM
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Theme One: System Operation and Control

  • Decision making tools and methods, system visualization techniques. Common format and quality of data for wide area modeling and assessment.
  • Challenges in operations of interconnected power systems
  • New applications in system operation and control for detection and mitigation of system conditions.
  • Evolution of operation reliability standards in the context of open markets and reduced security margins.
  • Criteria and standards level metrics and performance indicators.
  • Implications of climate change on the electric power system.
  • Specification, assessment and improvement of System Technical Performance.
  • Coordination, lightning protection, power quality and power system security.
  • Influence of environmental stresses (such as lightning & pollution) on power system reliability.
  • The interaction of electrical equipment and customer installations with the power system.
  • Experiences and developments in GCC interconnected systems operations.

Theme Two: System Planning, Development and technical Studies 

System Development & Economics

  • Planning of long term network developments, economic vs. non-economic, probability, risk, impact.
  • Development of a capital expenditure plan, business organization, performance indicators.
  • Planning and investing for effective supply restoration plans.
  • Strategic environmental assessment methodologies in the planning of system expansion.
  • Adequacy and security in Generation and Transmission in the context of the future generation mix and location.
  • Planning approaches to mitigate technical limits and constraints imposed by rapid expansion of GCC power systems.

Electricity Markets and Regulation

  • Prospects and experiences of electricity trading and creation of electricity markets
  • Obstacles and solutions to mitigate the development of electricity markets
  • Electricity Market models for GCC and Arab Countries
  • Incentives for investing in generation and transmission in an electricity market environment.
  • Investment criteria (for generation and transmission) in a market environment, role of capacity markets.
  • Interactions between system security rules and market rules.
  • Harmonization of grid codes and transmission tariffs structures for trading between Interconnected systems

Distribution Systems

  • Integration issues at the planning and operation stage, experience: impact of large scale integration, constraints.
  • Concepts and technologies for active distribution networks.

Theme Three: Substations 

New techniques/new design of substations:

  • Impact of stronger constraints with respect to footprint, severe climatic conditions and public amenity on substation design
  • EHV/UHV substations for GCC and Arab region
  • Design and application of GIL for bulk power transmission
  • Impacts of new/future network concept changes on substation design.

Challenges for Existing substations:

  • Residual life estimation – Risk assessment, replacement or refurbishment options
  • Uprating of substations and existing equipment to increase network capacity
  • Technical solutions for extension of substations on already existing footprint
  • Reducing the impact of substations on the environment 

Substation Protection and Automation 

  • New requirements and concepts for Substation Automation and Protection
  • Impact of Process-Bus (IEC61850-9-2) on protection and substation automation Systems (system reliability / system architecture / experiences so far).
  • Protection coordination and special protection systems for interconnected power systems
  • Life cycle management of protection and control systems.
  • Innovative testing techniques for protection and substation automation systems.

Theme Four: Power Transformers & Reactors

Transformer and Reactor incidents in service

  • Fire and explosion prevention: new oils, new bushing technologies, avoidance of tank rupture, effectiveness of existing test standards (for equipment and material) in failure prevention, design factors and improvements.
  • Fire mitigation: use of fluids with high fire point, fire wall, distances, sprinklers, risk assessment, modeling of internal  overpressures by 3D methods
  • Experiences of power transformers monitoring, incidents, failures and repairs

Transformer and Reactor Performance

  • Thermal, electrical and environmental performances.
  • Reliability and economic aspects.
  • Effects of transients on performances.
  • maintenance practice, diagnostic, new technologies, life assessment, use of online monitoring system and expert system
  • Loading, switching operations, experiences in service, system aspects, new applications and designs.

Transformer and Reactor Life

  • Reinvestment policy options: Purchasing vs. "refurbishment to new" (technical economical comparisons, use of spares units, reliability, testing, technical improvements on aged units).
  • Diagnostics, risk assessment, post-mortem post scrapping investigations, on-line monitoring, moisture assessment, maintenance operation (drying, online degassers and dehumidifiers), quality controls.
  • Corrosive Oils & mitigation technique, re-inhibiting and metal passivators experiences.
  • Reliability, condition assessment, end of life evaluation.

Theme Five: Switchgear and HV Equipment

(Switchgears, Surge arresters, instrument transformers and insulators).

  • End of life assessment (age, capability, reliability, technical risks, and expertise).
  • Refurbishment and replacement strategies.
  • Application of monitoring and condition assessment techniques.
  • Operation of equipment beyond design life.
  • Testing of hybrid switchgear assemblies.
  • Acceptance and experience of new substation equipment and techniques
  • Applications of surge arresters (mid-line, non-line to ground).
  • Non-conventional instrument transformers, IEC 61850 and monitoring and intelligence within equipment.
  • Mixed technology and composite insulated switchgear.

Theme Six: Transmission Lines and Cables

Overhead Lines

  • Techniques, new innovative solutions, diagnostic tools and methods for line up rating and optimized use of existing capacities.
  • Maintenance and refurbishment methods based on diagnostic tools and methods.
  • Increasing reliability and security by improving electrical and mechanical performances: mechanical strength coordination, foundation assessment, de-icing methods, anti-cascading towers, wind vibration issues, etc...
  • Solutions for a quick recovery: emergency structures, details of fault and emergency recovery plans; construction of temporary lines, 

Insulated Cables 

  • Design, installations & in - experiences service.
  • Maintenance policies
  • Diagnostic methods applied to Cable Systems.
  • Remaining Life Assessment Methods.

Theme Seven: HVDC and Power Electronics

HVDC and FACTS technology

  • HVDC and FACTS as a means to improve System Capacity, Performance and Efficiency.
  • Embedding of HVDC and FACTS in AC Networks.

HVDC and FACTs Schemes 

  • Operational Performance of existing HVDC interconnections, Upgrading / replacement of older projects.
  • Feasibility studies of new HVDC projects.
  • Planning, Design and Reliability criteria and characteristics of new HVDC projects, including considerations on overload capabilities and market aspects.
  • Issues and experiences with ground return and ground electrodes.
  • New developments such as 800 kV and VSC based HVDC projects.
  • Operational performance and system impact of existing FACTs.

Theme Eight: Renewable Energy and Nuclear Energy for the Gulf States

  • Policy & regulation requirements
  • Development of renewable energy sources and storage systems
  • Designs and methods to improve control grid stability, voltage dip survival, stabilization after grid faults, and provide reactive power control and energy storage.
  • Drivers and opportunities for nuclear energy in the Gulf States
  • Innovative nuclear technologies to meet GCC growing power demands
  • Nuclear Fuel cycles and disposing methodologies for the GCC countries

Theme Nine: Smart Grids

  • Policy & regulation
  • Experiences in implementing Smart Grids in GCC and Arab region
  • Growing complexities in Modern Grids leading to the drivers and opportunities for smart grids
  • Design and development of smart grids to address capabilities required for managing future grids.
  • Innovative Technologies to enable smart grid implementation
  • Standards for communication and data management

Theme Ten: Asset Management for Power Systems

  •  Asset management challenges/strategies (replacement, refurbishment and maintenance)
  • Substation lifecycle cost optimization.
  • Experiences and development of condition monitoring systems and techniques for decision support.
  • Use of on-line monitoring and diagnostics for risk mitigation - costs and benefits of their implementation.
  • Designs for least environmental impact.
  • Risk analysis techniques for evaluating costs associated with increasing maintenance, failure rates and repairs, due to deferred capital expenditures.
  • Considerations for a low carbon energy future.
  • Future integration of large scale renewable and implications on asset management practices
  • Enhanced information needed
  • Dealing with flatter load profiles, active distribution networks, uncertain generation, integration of new technology

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