OSI Technology to supply SCADA system for water and power in UAE

March 30, 2010 - Open Systems International (OSI) and partner Global Energy Technologies have been awarded a contract by the Federal Electricity & Water Authority (FEWA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to upgrade their existing control center with a state-of-the-art new SCADA, Energy Management System, and Distribution Management System as part of a wider-ranging turnkey project including the commission and building of a new and modern Load-Dispatch Center in Um Al-Quain.

As a national-level utility organization, the Federal Electricity & Water Authority (FEWA) is an essential pillar in the UAE’s ongoing growth and development efforts. Charged with overseeing the nation’s federal utilities, FEWA also directly services four of the UAE’s seven emirates, providing critical electricity and water services to more than 230,000 customers. This new Load Dispatch Center Project is part of FEWA’s mission to further secure its status among the region’s most progressive utilities.

In support of FEWA’s ambitious modernization and expansion initiatives, OSI is providing a unified new control system of impressive scale, based on OSI’s monarch (Multi-platform Open Network ARCHitecture) technology; set to offer a consolidated management of UAE’s transmission assets, as well as a portion of the UAE distribution infrastructure. This new system is set to streamline and upgrade FEWA’s existing control center operations through the unified deployment of real-time supervisory control, high-voltage network analysis and distribution and outage management applications.

This evolutionary new project for FEWA will be implemented in cooperation with OSI’s UAE Alliance Partner, Global Energy Technologies; and will encompass a wide array of specialized OSI products from the SCADA, EMS and DMS software suites. FEWA’s new system will be utilizing OSI’s next-generation Microsoft .NET based Graphical User Interface (GUI) as a unified interface for all operational applications. In addition to SCADA and real-time applications, a full suite of Transmission Management Applications including State Estimation, Contingency Analysis and Optimal Power Flow are included. For Distribution Management, the system will support Distribution Power Flow; Fault Isolation and System Restoration; Load Balancing; Automatic Feeder Reconfiguration; Outage Management and Analysis. This system will be replacing a legacy platform supplied by ABB.

“This important new project in UAE represents another significant step in OSI’s expanding foothold within the international utility market. Through our growing alliances with trusted international technology partners such as Global Energy, OSI is able to provide our worldwide family of users with the same industry leading support, expertise and delivery quality as our North American customers have come to appreciate. We welcome FEWA into OSI’s family and we are fully committed to carrying this promising relationship successfully into the future,” said Bharath Kumar, OSI's Director of International Operations.

Born of a desire to excel as an essential pillar within the ongoing growth and development of the United Arab Emirates, Federal Electricity & Water Authority’s vision, mission and values lead to a consummate service, on par with the region’s leading utility providers, while always placing the customers’ needs and demands at its paramount concern. FEWA is responsible for overseeing the UAE’s federal utilities and providing high-quality electricity and water services directly, to more than half of UAE’s residents.

Global Energy Technologies Ltd is a UAE based company, owned and managed by engineers; and having more than four decades of experience in the Power & Electricity sectors in the Middle East. Over its years of operation, Global Energy has developed into a multi-disciplinary company with the capability of serving as a total solution provider in specialized industries such as Power Generation, Transmission & Distribution, Petrochemical & Process and water related projects.

OSI provides open, state-of-the-art and high-performance automation solutions to utilities worldwide. These solutions including Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, Network Management Systems (NMS), Energy Management Systems (EMS), Distribution Management Systems (DMS) and Generation Management Systems (GMS); as well as individual software and hardware products and SmartGrid Solutions for utility operations. OSI is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.