Vector is one of New Zealand's largest network infrastructure companies with a portfolio of businesses and services delivering electricity, gas, and high-speed broadband voice and data communications in the Auckland and Wellington regions.
Vector’s core business is the delivery of high quality and reliable power to customers. To support their customer satisfaction goals, Vector recently upgraded its bulk metering system. The upgrade provided Vector with an opportunity to take the first steps toward an "intelligent substation" solution. The vision included direct data transmission over the Internet as well as high-speed Ethernet, automatically generated reports for data sharing within the company and with customers, and advanced power quality analysis.
Quasar Systems NZ’s leading supplier and integrator of revenue and power quality meters and metering systems to local power generators and distributors has recently been awarded a contract by Transpower New Zealand for the supply of revenue meters following an extensive evaluation programme.
Transpower has approximately 450 legacy revenue meters installed at some 152 substations throughout New Zealand. When purchased in the early 1990’s the meters were ‘state of the art’ technology but are now nearing the end of their physical life.
Contact Energy is a large, dynamic company playing a pivotal role in New Zealand’s energy sector. Generating between 25 and 30 percent of New Zealand’s electricity, the Company recently celebrated the completion of their Generation Meters Project by Quasar Systems.
The works and services undertaken for this contract relate to the replacement of obsolete metering and data recorder hardware with modern technologies, and the supply of a metering system suitable for delivering generation metering data to external metering data collection and other business applications.
It was out with the old and in with the new recently for the HMI/SCADA at Transpower’s (TP) Islington Substation, one of their largest and most complex sites. The previous HMI system was at ‘end of life’, utilising an obsolete operating system & associated PC hardware, and posing an unacceptable risk of the loss of local control facilities at the substation. The requirement was for a replacement HMI system (both hardware & software) with almost 5000 points, communicating with the 53 C50 RTUs, used for control and indication functions as well as Reactive Power Control. Monitoring and control of the RTUs is carried out remotely from Transpower’s national SCADA and via the local HMI system.