Can Smart Grid secure the Mongolian power sector?

10 Nov 2020

Our experts are investigating how smart grid technologies could secure and stabilise power supplies in Mongolia on a long-term basis.

This central Asian country is predominantly agricultural and is at the same time one of the richest countries in the world in terms of raw materials. The development of both industries requires reliable energy. A feasibility study is investigating how the introduction of smart grid technologies could secure and stabilise power supplies on a long-term basis. Appointed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), our smart grid experts from Germany are working in a joint venture together with e.Gen Bangladesh and Monenergy as local partner. The experts from Tractebel have already had successful experience working in Mongolia back in 2015. At that time, they prepared a complete grid analysis of the nationwide transmission grid.

Comprehensive analyses

The new study is to investigate the existing energy system in Mongolia and identify the extent to which reliable power supplies can be secured with the help of smart grid technologies. In particular the focus is on control and data acquisition systems (SCADA/EMS), a metering data management system (MDMS), the expansion of an existing wide area monitoring system (WAMS) and the analysis of the exiting utility internal telecommunication infrastructure.

"It has to be highlighted in this respect that for the establishment of smart grid technologies, operating in real time conditions, the availability of a reliable and highly developed telecommunication system has to be considered as essential." says Olivier Lanz, smart grid expert at Tractebel. In addition, a stability analysis of the existing supply grid and proposals for measures of improvement are also included in the study.

Both, the results of the smart grid and telecommunication assessment as well as the results of the stability analysis will help the Mongolian energy provider National Dispatching Company to identify future energy projects which are expected to have relevant impact on the country’s power system in terms of economic efficiency and security of supply. The experts are confident to establish the foundation for the introduction of smart grid technologies in the future, providing a significant improvement of the electricity supply in the future.

The feasibility study will investigate the existing energy system in Mongolia and identify the extent to which reliable power supplies can be secured with the help of smart grid technologies.

 

 

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