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GE modernises electricity supply in Sri Lanka

Steve Rogerson
July 11, 2018



GE is working with the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) to modernise electricity supply in Sri Lanka with the country’s first centrally integrated control and load forecasting system.
 
CEB is Sri Lanka’s electricity company and has deployed the technology in the National System Control Center (NSCC) in Colombo. The system will cover 100% of the nation’s transmission power flow, which serves more than 22 million Sri Lankans, by managing peak loads of 2500MW. The project has been executed by GE T&D India, the listed entity of GE Power Grid in India.
 
“I am glad that the quality of the project’s implementation has pleased CEB,” said Sunil Wadhwa, managing director of GE T&D India. “The success of this vital makeover project will open new avenues for GE Power in Sri Lanka.”
 
GE Power’s EMS energy management system suite uses a single digital platform to ensure reliable, secure and efficient energy management throughout the island. The system will enable real-time monitoring of 91 generation and transmission facilities from a single screen. GE’s intuitive scada system will analyse the voluminous data collected from these facilities and will aid the customer in making informed decisions on meeting varied demand, load shedding and resource optimisation.
 
“It was a privilege and an honour to be in attendance when the president of Sri Lanka cut the ribbon and then visited the NSCC control room,” said Alistair Wells, Asia regional leader for GE Power Digital. “Having the president of the country inaugurate the control centre highlights the significance of the first-ever national control system and the impact this will have on the reliable and efficient supply of electricity in Sri Lanka.”
 
In 2016, Sri Lanka suffered two nation-wide blackouts, causing water shortages and transport and trade disruptions across the country. Unfortunately, there was only an old energy management system that had reached its end of life. The system did not have the capability to handle the power flow of this evolving country. GE Power’s digital energy software should be able to support the revitalisation of Sri Lanka’s electric grid.