Cemig and S&C Electric Company Improve Grid Reliability
Smart Grid Technology Helps Improve Power Reliability in Minas Gerais
SAO PAULO, Oct. 23, 2012
SAO PAULO, Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --S&C Electric Company, a global smart
grid leader shaping the future of reliable electric delivery, today announces
the company was awarded a $38.5-million USD (R$78 million) contract to replace
underground distribution switchgear at Cemig Distribuição SA, the largest
energy distribution company in Brazil. Cemig will install more than 450 S&C
Vista® Underground Distribution Switchgear line-ups in cities across the state
of Minas Gerais, including the metropolitan area of Belo Horizonte.
The switchgear replacement is part of a major asset renewal program at Cemig,
which will result in modern, smart-grid functionality for local business and
the 18 million people it serves. Modernizing the area's grid will improve
power reliability and grid efficiency, which is critical as Brazil prepares
for the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament.
"By replacing aging switchgear with automated equipment, Cemig is taking major
steps to enhance electric service reliability, which is important not only for
a successful tournament, but also to support broader economic growth in the
area," says Cleverson Takiguchi, general manager of S&C Electric do Brazil.
The automated switchgear will transfer an electric power load to an alternate
electricity source in the event of a disruption to the primary source. This
enhanced level of automation will help significantly reduce power outages, a
chief concern in Minas Gerais. In addition, the local content of the order is
over 70 percent, which results in most of the revenue stream staying within
"Reliable electric service is an ongoing issue in this area, which is
experiencing positive economic growth and global attention. Smart grid
investments such as this program can help Cemig keep the lights on for
businesses and residents alike," says Takiguchi.
For this project, S&C is supplying a Vista model specially designed for
below-ground applications. These underground installations – necessitated by
space restrictions – are becoming more challenging as urban flooding increases
in Brazil's growing cities. The new Vista switchgear operates properly even
when the automation controls are submerged.
"Cemig has more than a decade of experience using our Vista switchgear," says
Takiguchi, "having applied the product in a variety of installations that
demonstrated Vista's superior performance in harsh environments."
As part of the project, S&C will perform start-up and commissioning services
for the automation equipment. S&C will also install sensors in the underground
vault to allow monitoring of vault conditions such as vault invasion;
environmental conditions including temperature and potential flooding; and
performance of electrical equipment, including transformers and network
protectors where applicable. The complete solution will help ensure optimal
performance of Cemig's underground distribution network.
About S&C Electric Company
S&C, with global headquarters in Chicago, USA, and Brazil operations based in
São José dos Pinhais, is applying its heritage of innovation to address
challenges facing the world's power grids and is thus shaping the future of
reliable electricity delivery. The mission of employee-owned S&C is to
continually develop new solutions for electricity delivery, fostering the
improved efficiency and reliability required for the intelligent grid.
Additional information about S&C is available at www.sandc.com.
SOURCE S&C Electric Company
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