A new standard for high voltage substations
- Client TenneT
- Location Rijssen, Raalte and Terwinselen
- Status In Progress
TenneT TSO operates the high voltage grid in the Netherlands. Electricity is transported across this grid at 110,000 Volts (110 kV) and higher. The electricity is converted to a lower voltage level through means of transformers in the substations. Next, a Distribution System Operator– for example Enexis – ensures that the electricity is delivered to end users.
The customer's challenge
Parts of the high voltage grid – like high voltage components - are approaching the end of their service life and have to be replaced. In addition, the grid must also be ready to accommodate the high demand for new connections for wind farms and solar parks, as well as data centres. This challenge can only be met by standardising and digitalising the substations. More than 145 substations will be replaced over a period of 10 years.
The substations will also be automated. A digital fibre optic cable network will be installed in the high voltage substations to enable the various systems to communicate together. This replaces the old way of communicating between equipment using copper cables.
Strukton has decided to work with skids for this Bay Replacement Program: prefabricated frames with the high voltage components mounted on top of them. These skids will be built and tested in advance as a prototype at the Strukton site in Oldenzaal. A trial installation has been set up where various situations can be simulated, so that all equipment parameters can be tested. This trial can also be used to verify whether the new concept works in various situations as specified in the design.
Following the testing period, the skids are transported to site and driven to the relevant bay using a special ‘mover’. This is a safe and ergonomic approach. After this all that is left to do is to connect all of the plugs.