Co-financing by EU for the upgrading of the SCADA/EMS System
The upgrading of the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition/Energy Management System (SCADA/EMS) is currently in the implementation phase. The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of the European Union, under the Operational Programme “Sustainable Development and Competitiveness”. The project falls under the Priority Axis “Information Society and Innovation” with Specific Objective the “Promotion of the Use of Information and Communication Technologies” and under the Category of Interventions “Development and Use of Information and Communication Technologies for the Provision of Public Utilities Services to Citizens in relation to ensuring the reliability and security of the Transmission System of Electrical Energy.
The SCADA/EMS System is a complicated supervisory control system used for the management of the Electrical Power network of the whole of Cyprus. Through this system, the National Energy Control Centre of Cyprus monitors and controls the electrical power network in real-time. It is a mission critical system of high importance for the country. ,
The explosion on the 11th of July 2011 at a naval base severely damaged the neighbouring Vassilikos Power Station and caused the sudden loss of more than half of the system generation capacity of Cyprus. The SCADA/EMS System was the main tool which averted a total black out, that would have caused many other serious catastrophic consequences to the island.
Furthermore, during the management of the energy crisis and the emergency situation that followed the destruction of Vassilikos Power Station, the application of the 2-hour rota (cyclic) load shedding scheme would have not been possible without the existence and operation of the SCADA/EMS System since and as a consequence a total blackout would not have been avoided. Through the SCADA/EMS System, a large number of tele-control commands were issued and performed on the Medium Voltage Automatic Circuit Breakers, without the need for staff to be present at Transmission and primary Substations.
Severe ageing incapacities were observed on the SCADA/EMS System, which completed ten years of operation in March 2014. Considering the rapidly rising demands of network Management, especially due to the increasing development of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and their connection to the Electrical network, the SCADA/EMS System in many cases, could not respond efficiently and effectively. The Cyprus TSO identified the need for the upgrading of the SCADA/EMS System to a later release and in 2012 submitted a proposal for co-financing the project by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). All the required procedures were carefully followed by the Cyprus TSO in every detail and on 6th August 2013 the approval for the inclusion of the project for co-financing 85% of a maximum amount of 1,35 million Euro was granted and notified to the TSO Cyprus.
The project comprises the following three (3) main Public Legal Commitments and corresponding Public Contracts:
1) Upgrading of the central software of the SCADA/EMS System to the latest release by the vendor of the current system
2) Procurement of all required hardware including IT hardware
3) Replacement of the Wall Display at the National Energy Control Centre
The project proceeds normally and smoothly. A contract has been awarded to the vendor of the existing SCADA/EMS System in the framework of Legal Commitment No.1. This Contract is now at the nodal point of the Factory Acceptance Test (FAT).
The Contract has also been awarded for the Legal Commitment No.2 and all hardware has already been delivered.
As regards Legal Commitment No.3, the relevant Tender has been issued and is now at the stage of the submission of offers.
The project is expected to be completed in autumn 2014 and will contribute directly and substantially to the upgrading of the services of common interest which are provided to the public in the area of energy management.