By - Jon Brown

Gas Insulated Substations
February 20-21, 2019 | Seattle, WA

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Overview

Faced with increasing demands for reliability, improved aesthetics and security, the adoption of gas insulated substations (GIS) by North American utilities is rapidly increasing. Companies also elect to use GIS because of the increased load and limited space present in the urban areas. Often, building new substations or increasing capacity is difficult because land is either not available or is prohibitively expensive. This conference will address regulatory, technical and business considerations for GIS. It will review GIS technology and detail current design trends and maintenance solutions for gas insulated substations. Utilizing both technical presentations and case studies from leading utilities, attendees will be provided with a sound understanding of GIS capability as well as real-world examples involved in selecting and constructing GIS substations.

In addition, experts will cover technical and commercial capabilities, review greenhouse gas issues, illustrate how to replace aging infrastructure with GIS, and review considerations for selecting GIS. They will discuss various special challenges involved in GIS, including SF6 leak detection, GIS commissioning, constraints, and challenges from an engineering perspective.

This event will conclude with a tour of Seattle City Light’s Denny and Union substations.  Hard hat and sturdy shoes required for tour.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss Hydro One using 230kV SF6 Gas Insulated Bus first on temporary basis at one project site and then as permanent installation at another project site
  • Review GIS safety considerations
  • Explain how a utility/manufacturer partnership can improve SF6-emission reduction
  • Participate in a GIS hot topics Q&A panel
  • Discuss partial discharge detection in GIS
  • Describe GIS design, application and expansion
  • Review Dominion Energy’s current and future GIS projects
  • Explain how GIS contributes to enhanced substation reliability
  • Explore Seattle City Light’s Denny and Union substations

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.8 CEUs for this conference and 0.4 CEUs for each workshop.

 

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day, be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, site visit

Agenda

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Registration


1:00 – 1:15 p.m. :: Welcoming Remarks

Seattle City Light


1:15  – 2:00 p.m. :: Hydro One Case Study: Using 230kV SF6 Gas Insulated Bus First on Temporary Basis and then as Permanent Installation

  • Bruce A Nuclear Generating Station Switchyard Project: Scope consists of replacing seventeen 230kV Air Blast type and Oil type circuit breakers with SF6 type circuit breakers and reconfiguring Hydro One owned 230kV air insulated switchyard
  • To obtain isolation necessary for safe replacement of breakers, four main buses need to be split on temporary basis
  • Four temporary by-passes needed to be installed at four main buses, to enable:
    • un-interrupted power supply to Bruce Power Nuclear Generating Station auxiliary power transformers; connected to these four main buses, and
    • un-interrupted power flow to and from switchyard
  • Original plan was to use 230kV XLPE cables for by-passes: Due to ampacity required (3000A), two cables per phase 2500mm2 each, installed in cable trays in vertical configuration; would be required
  • Installing such cable by-passes would present a major technical challenge due to space constrains; removing them would require cutting them into pieces and discarding
  • Richview TS Switchyard Project: Scope consists of replacing twenty seven 230kV Air Blast type and Oil type circuit breakers with SF6 type circuit breakers and replacing three line exits air insulated strain bus with rigid bus
  • Replacing line exits strain bus with rigid bus requires building temporary by-passes for two of the line exits
  • The total length of three-line exit buses at Richview TS is approximately the same as four by-passes at Bruce A
  • Solution for technical challenges at Bruce A switchyard: Instead of using XLPE cables, use SF6 Gas Insulated Buses, sections of which can be made in various lengths, hence easier to install & remove
  • Solution for Richview TS: Instead of installing air insulated rigid bus, install SF6 Gas Insulated Buses, once no longer needed at Bruce A. Installation of temporary by-passes for two of the lines no longer required
  • Considering that XLPE cables could not be re-used anymore, Hydro One is saving in excess of CAD $4M between two projects by using SF6 Gas Insulated Buses at both sites

Vladimir Curguz, Project Manager- Project Delivery, Construction Services, Hydro One Networks Inc.


2:00 – 2:45 p.m. :: GIS and Digital Substation

With the development of the grid and integration of renewable power sources like large windfarms demands are rising for highly reliable Substation operation, planning of outages and assurance of asset health. This session will explain what is a digital Substation, address benefits, design and technology of the digital Substation concept including topics such as:

  • Digital Substation Applications, Benefits and Technology
  • Testing and maintenance of Digital Substation
  • Experience from utilities Digital Substation Implementation

Thomas Schulz, Manager- North American Gas Insulated Substations, ABB

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break


3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Sustainable GIS Service & Environmental Practices: How a Utility/Manufacturer Partnership Can Improve SF6-Emission Reduction

  • SF6 Characteristics
  • Current environmental standards – Local & Federal
  • What Seattle City Light is doing to contribute to lowering SF6 emissions
  • How DILO is working with Seattle City Light to assist in their efforts
  • Processes that all SF6-users can adopt to do their part

Chris Barrett, Regional Manager- U.S. Midwest & West Coast Regions, DILO

Kiyomi Morris, Associate Environmental Analyst- Environment, Land, and Licensing Business Unit, Seattle City Light


3:45 – 5:15 p.m. :: GIS Hot Topics Q&A Panel

This panel presents an opportunity to pose your GIS questions to industry experts. Panelists include:

Moderator:

George Becker, Senior Substation Engineer, POWER Engineers

Panelists:

Joe Orth, Principal Electrical Engineer- Technical Lead, Seattle City Light

Mitsubishi

Thomas Schulz, Manager- North American Gas Insulated Substations, ABB

Chris Barrett, Regional Manager- U.S. Midwest & West Coast Regions, DILO

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Networking Reception 


Thursday, February 21, 2019

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast


 8:00 – 8:45 a.m. :: PG&E Case Study: Blue GIS, Drivers and implementation

  • Overview of current and up-coming regulations on SF6
  • PG&E path to lowering SF6 content on GIS
  • Clean Air, Blue GIS chosen for Livermore site
  • Siemens Clean Air GIS offering: 8VN1

Tom Rak, Manager of Standards Engineering, PG&E

Gilles Barthes, Sales & Marketing Manager HV GIS North America, Siemens


8:45 – 9:30 a.m. :: Partial Discharge Detection in GIS

This session will cover interesting concepts such as

  • Direct Coupling IEC method
  • Ultra-High Frequency method
  • Acoustic assessment

Sean Parsi, Principal Electrical Engineer, Kinectrics


9:30 – 10:15 a.m. :: GIS Design, Application and Expansion

  • GIS design
  • How utilities are applying GIS
  • GIS applications in various regions
  • Expansion of GIS

Patrick Abruzzese, GIS Product Line Manager, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. :: Networking Break


10:45 – 11:30 a.m. :: Dominion Energy Case Study

 

  • Why Dominion Energy considers GIS
  • GIS history at Dominion Energy
  • Lessons learned
  • Operating and maintenance experience with GIS
  • Future GIS projects

Dave Mitchell, Consultant, Dominion Energy


11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: GIS for Enhanced Substation Reliability

  • Prepare, prevent, respond and recover
  • Naturally caused physical threats
  • Human-caused physical threats
  • Know the threats, vulnerabilities and impacts
  • Gas insulated substation designs as an effective method to protect a substation

George Becker, Senior Substation Engineer, POWER Engineers

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. :: Seattle City Light Substation Case Study: Denny Substation

  • Business drivers that lead to the design
  • Construction
  • Commissioning of GIS and site
  • Public outreach
  • Lessons learned 

Joe Orth, Principal Electrical Engineer- Technical Lead, Seattle City Light

Rajinder Rai, Principal Substation Engineer, Seattle City Light


2:00 – 5:30 p.m. :: Denny & Union Substation Site Visits

5:30 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns

Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshop

Post Conference Workshop


GIS 101: An Introduction

Best Practices and Considerations

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Overview

This workshop will provide an overview of gas insulated substations (GIS). It will begin with a description of the fundamental characteristics of GIS, including a comparison of AIS vs. GIS, details of GIS designs, and a review of the business case for GIS.  The speakers will discuss reliability and system planning implications for gas insulated substations. They will compare substation safety and security using AIS vs. GIS. Attendees will learn GIS maintenance basics and review SF6 gas management strategies and techniques. They will leave the workshop with an understanding of potential services for maximizing GIS life and learn how to monitor GIS conditions. The workshop will also describe medium voltage GIS and review the differences between medium voltage GIS and high voltage GIS. We will conclude with a Q&A session to cover any remaining questions.

Learning Outcomes         

  • Describe fundamental characteristics of GIS
  • Discuss GIS designs
  • Compare AIS and GIS
  • Review the business case for GIS
  • Explain GIS from a turnkey perspective
  • Assess reliability and system planning implications for GIS
  • Describe substation safety and security using AIS vs. GIS
  • Discuss GIS maintenance
  • Review SF6 gas management strategies and techniques
  • Explain proactive services for maximizing GIS life
  • Address GIS condition monitoring
  • Describe medium voltage GIS
  • Review the differences between medium voltage GIS and high voltage GIS

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, group discussion, and a site visit will be used in this event.

Program Agenda

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Workshop Timing


High Voltage GIS 46 – 765 kV GIS

  • Fundamental Characteristics of GIS
    • Early GIS Designs
    • Current Three in One and Single Phase GIS Designs
    • GIS Interface to Grid and Substation equipment
    • GIS Engineering and Layout Considerations
    • Position Monitoring and Camera Systems
    • SF6 Monitoring
  • The Business Case for GIS
  • Comparison of AIS and GIS
  • Turnkey Perspective
  • Grid Hardening with GIS
    • Reliability and System Planning Implications
    • Enhanced Safety and Substation Security
  • GIS Maintenance
    • SF6 Gas handling
    • Proactive Service for Maximizing GIS Life
  • Maintenance, Refurbishment and Expansions
  • GIS Condition Monitoring
  • Latest GIS Technology Evolutions and Innovations
    • Compact GIS technology
    • Integrated GIS
    • Digital Substation Technology, NCIT, Monitoring

Medium Voltage GIS 15 – 42 kV

  • Technology overview
    • Rating and Applications
    • Engineering Considerations
    • Technology Developments

Questions

Conclusion

Instructors

Nick Banks, Grid Integration and Substation Business Development, ABB

Nick Banks currently works with the Grid Integration & Substations Business Development and Proposals team in Raleigh, North Carolina.  In this role, Nick supports proposals and helps develop customer focused solutions across multiple market segments in including utilities, public powers, renewables and industrials.  Nick started his career with ABB two and a half years ago as Strategic Account Business Development Manager for the Transformer Services group.  Prior to joining ABB, Nick held several roles with GE Energy including supply chain, engineering and sales in the Gas Turbines and Energy Management groups.  Nick holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University, where he led various projects in renewable energy and EV charging infrastructure.


Pat Ervin, Business Development Manager, ABB

Mr. GL “Pat” Ervin is the Business Development Manager for ABB Power Grids North American compact substation group. ABB Power Grids is the partner of choice for a stronger, smarter, & greener grid. He is responsible for convincing utilities to convert from large traditional substation switching technology to modern compact systems. He has seven years of experience developing compact substations for ABB and another 30 years of experience selling distributed control systems, generator excitation systems, distributed generation (microturbines), distribution apparatus (capacitors, arresters, & cutouts), power transformers, uninterruptible power supplies, & cable accessories. He received a Bachelor of Science General Studies degree from West Point.


Carl Kilcrease, Business Development Manager, ABB

Carl Kilcrease is Business Development Manager with ABB Power Grids – Grid Integration located in Raleigh, NC.  He previously worked for ABB Transformers Division as both Marketing Manager and Project Manager located in South Boston, VA.  Prior to working for ABB, Carl worked for Eaton’s B-Line Business as Quotation Manager located in Highland, IL.  He also worked for General Electric for 12 years in a variety of quality, engineering, and marketing roles, including Commercial Operations Manager in the Industrial Solutions Business located in Mebane, NC.  Carl served 4 years in the USMC where I was a Physical Security Inspector at Camp Lejeune, NC.  In that role he was responsible for inspecting all critical facilities, including substations, and he wrote reports to the Commanding General with physical security recommendations.


Thomas Schulz, Manager – North American Gas Insulated Substations, ABB

Thomas graduated with a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from HTWK in Leipzig/Germany in 1996 specializing in Power Technology. He has been with ABB since 1999. As a project manager for airport projects in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan he was responsible for the project handling for airport specific facilities and control as well as the power supply transmission lines and high voltage substation equipment.

Today Thomas Schulz is the ABB GIS Manager for North America. In this function he is responsible for the marketing and sales of the GIS from conceptual design to all technical and commercial aspects of the GIS.


GIS Commissioning

Best Practices and Considerations

February 22, 2019

Overview

This workshop will provide a brief introduction to the GIS commissioning process. The instructor will begin with a review of GIS commissioning basics and an overview of GIS field assembly. He will describe gas-related inspections, circuit breaker inspections, disconnect/ground switch checks, and contact resistant measurement. He will discuss how to conduct instrument transformer checks. Attendees will leave with an understanding of cable commissioning, grounding concerns and practices, and local controls and interlocking commissioning. The workshop will include a brief overview of operations and maintenance practices and will conclude with a review of safety and environmental considerations.

Learning Outcomes         

  • Review GIS commissioning basics
  • Discuss GIS applications
  • Explain brief overview GIS field assembly
  • Describe gas-related inspections
  • Assess circuit breaker inspections
  • Address disconnect/ground switch checks
  • Review contact resistant measurement
  • Explain AC withstand and Partial Discharge measurements
  • Discuss cable commissioning and grounding concerns and practices
  • Describe instrument transformer checks
  • Assess local controls and interlocking commissioning
  • Describe a brief overview of operation and maintenance practices
  • Review safety and environmental considerations

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, group discussion, and a site visit will be used in this event.

Program Agenda

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. ::Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Workshop Timing

  • GIS commissioning basics
  • GIS applications
  • Brief overview of GIS field assembly
  • Commissioning
    • Inspections
      • Gas related inspections
      • Circuit breaker inspections
    • Disconnect/ Ground switch checks
      • Process
      • FAQs
    • Contact resistance measurement
      • Setup
      • Circuit configuration
      • Merits
      • Interpretation
    • AC withstand and partial discharge measurements
      • Setup schemes
      • Partial discharge overview
      • Measurement techniques
      • Interpretation
    • Cable commissioning and grounding concerns and practices
      • Cable and GIS interface overview
      • GIS and cable commissioning requirements  
    • Instrument transformer checks
      • Unique injection and access requirements
      • VT hipot/PD test concerns
    • Local controls and interlocking commissioning
      • Control circuitry overview
      • Automation vs hardwire control
      • Mechanical and electrical interlock requirements
    • Brief overview of operation and maintenance practices
    • Safety and environmental considerations

Instructor

Sean Parsi, Principal Electrical Engineer, Kinectrics

Sean Parsi is an electrical engineer with Kinectrics (previously Ontario Hydro Research Division). In his current role, he is primarily focused on delivering engineering, field or laboratory technical services in commissioning, condition assessment or forensic studies of energy management products, with specializations in Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) and underground extruded cables and accessories. His area of research is condition assessment based on online & offline Partial Discharge (PD) measurement techniques on various types of switchgear including MV, HV GIS and MV metal-clad. He is currently a contributing member of IEEE-PES-Substations-GIS subcommittee and IEEE-PES-Switchgear- switchgear assemblies subcommittee. Sean was previously employed by Areva/Alstom T&D where he managed and completed over 50 GIS construction and commissioning projects in 21 countries and 5 continents.

Speakers

Patrick Abruzzese, GIS Product Line Manager, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.

Chris Barrett, Regional Manager- U.S. Midwest & West Coast Regions, DILO

Gilles Barthes, Sales & Marketing Manager HV GIS North America, Siemens

George Becker, Senior Substation Engineer, POWER Engineers

Keven Berent, Senior Program Manager, EPRI

Vladimir Curguz, Project Manager- Project Delivery, Construction Services, Hydro One Networks

Pat Ervin, Business Development Manager, ABB

Carl Kilcrease, Business Development Manager, ABB

Dave Mitchell, Consultant, Dominion Energy

Kiyomi Morris, Associate Environmental Analyst- Environment, Land, and Licensing Business Unit, Seattle City Light

Joe Orth, Principal Electrical Engineer- Technical Lead, Seattle City Light

Sean Parsi, Electrical Engineer, Kinectrics

Tom Rak, Manager of Standards Engineering, PG&E

Rajinder Rai, Principal Substation Engineer, Seattle City Light

Thomas Schulz, Manager- North American Gas Insulated Substations, ABB

Location

Hilton Garden Inn Seattle Downtown

1821 Boren Avenue

Seattle, WA 98101

Reserve your room:

please call 1-206-566-5243

Click here to book online.

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of February 19 – 22, 2019

Room rate through EUCI:

$139.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to January 29, 2019. 

 

Register

Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

EventEarly Bird Before
Friday, February 01, 2019
Standard RateAttendees
Gas Insulated SubstationsUS $ 1195.00US $ 1395.00

This event has the following workshops:

GIS 101: An IntroductionUS $ 495.00
US $ 595.00
GIS CommissioningUS $ 495.00
US $ 595.00

*Please note: all attendees of the conference will receive a link to downlaod all presentations that are made available by the presenters. If you cannot attend the conference but would still like a copy of these materials, please consider purchasing the proceedings package listed below

I cannot attend but would like a copy of the proceedings

Proceedings packageUS $ 395.00

Take advantage of these discounts!

  • Attend the Conference and both workshops and pay US $ 1,995.00 per attendee (save US $ 190.00 each)
  • Attend the Conference and any 1 workshop and save US $ 95.00 per attendee

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Cancellation Policy

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before January 18, 2019 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

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