SEL to upgrade substations in Los Angeles

  • August 19, 2012
  • Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
  • News

August 19, 2012 — Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) signed a multiyear substation automation contract valued at $71.5 million with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). SEL will supply project management, engineering services, software, and hardware to enhance the performance of the electric power grid owned and operated by LADWP. “The Substation Automation Project is essential for increasing the efficiency and reliability of LADWP’s power system as well as meeting critical infrastructure protection standards. We are very pleased to work with Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc., to complete this important project,” said Aram Benyamin, LADWP Senior Assistant General Manager, Power System. The overall project involves updating over 100 substations that have already been automated as well as retrofitting more than 75 substations that still require automation. SEL’s project manager, Herbert Cheung, said that the project includes well-structured performance milestones and will span up to seven years. “This automation project is about gathering system data, converting them into actionable information, and making the information available to enterprise systems and operators in the most secure and efficient ways possible,” Cheung said. “We have enjoyed getting to know the LADWP team through the negotiation phase of this project, and we look forward to the work ahead.” SEL serves the power industry worldwide through the design, manufacture, supply, and support of products and services for power system protection, monitoring, control, automation, and metering. SEL offers unmatched local technical support, a worldwide, ten-year product warranty, and a commitment to making electric power safer, more reliable, and more economical.  

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