Key topics will include:

»                      System Operation and Control

»         System Development & Economics

»          Electricity Markets and Regulation

»          Distribution Systems

»          Substations, Switchgear and HV Equipment

»          Substation Protection and Automation

»          Transformer Design, Manufacturing, Live Cycle and Performance

»          Overhead Lines and Insulated Cables

»          HVDC and FACTS technology

»          Renewable Energy and Nuclear Power for the Gulf States

»          Smart Grids

»          Asset Management for Power Systems


GCC CIGRE welcomes papers to be considered for the technical program in any of the following areas:


Theme 1: System Operation and Control

»   Challenges in operations of interconnected power systems

»   Managing new challenges in operationalplanning and real-time operation of Power Systems

»   Control Decision making tools and methods, system visualization techniques.

»   Utility experiences in wide area modeling and assessment of WAMS.

»   New applications in system operation and control for detection and mitigation of system conditions.

»   Evolution of operation reliability standards in the context of open markets and reduced security margins.

»   Criteria and standards level metrics and performance indicators.

»   Implications of climate change on the electric power system.

»   Specification, assessment and improvement of System Technical Performance.

»   Coordination, lightning protection, power quality and power system security.

»   Influence of environmental stresses (such as lightning & pollution) on power system reliability.

»   The interaction of electrical equipment and customer installations with the power system.

»   Experiences and developments in GCC interconnected systems operations. 


Theme 2: System Development & Economics

»   Planning of long term network developments, economic vs. non-economic, probability, risk, impact.

»   Development of a capital expenditure plan, business organization, performance indicators.

»   Planning and investing for effective supply restoration plans.

»   Strategic environmental assessment methodologies in the planning of system expansion.

»   Adequacy and security in Generation and Transmission in the context of the future generation mix and location.

»   Planning approaches to mitigate technical limits and constraints imposed by rapid expansion of GCC power systems.


Theme 3: Electricity Markets and Regulation

»   Prospects and experiences of electricity trading and creation of electricity markets

»   Obstacles and solutions to mitigate the development of electricity markets

»   Electricity Market standards, models, mechanics, design and business models for GCC and Arab Countries

»   Regulatory aspects related to Energy Policies & Policy developments, and Market Rules.

»   Incentives for investing in generation and transmission in an electricity market environment.

»   Investment criteria (for generation and transmission) in a market environment, role of capacity markets.

»   Interactions between system security rules and market rules.

»   Harmonization of grid codes and transmission tariffs structures for trading between Interconnected systems.


Theme 4: Distribution Systems

»   Integration issues at the planning and operation stage, experience: impact of large scale integration, constraints.

»   Concepts and technologies for active distribution networks. 


Theme 5: Substations, Switchgear and HV Equipment

»       Impact of stronger constraints with respect to footprint, severe climatic conditions and public amenity on substation design

»      EHV/UHV substations for GCC and Arab region

»      Design and application of GIL for bulk power transmission

»      Impacts of new/future network concept changes on substation design. 

»       Residual life estimation – Risk assessment, replacement or refurbishment options

»      Uprating of substations and existing equipment to increase network capacity

»      Technical solutions for extension of substations on already existing footprint

»      Reducing the impact of substations on the environment 

»      End of life assessment (age, capability, reliability, technical risks, and expertise).

»      Refurbishment and replacement strategies.

»      Application of monitoring and condition assessment techniques.

»      Operation of equipment beyond design life.

»      Testing of hybrid switchgear assemblies.

»      Acceptance and experience of new substation equipment and techniques

»      Applications of surge arresters (mid-line, non-line to ground).

»      Non-conventional instrument transformers, IEC 61850 and monitoring and intelligence within equipment.

»      Mixed technology and composite insulated switchgear.


Theme 6: Substation Protection and Automation

»       New requirements and concepts for Substation Automation and Protection

»      Impact of Process-Bus (IEC61850-9-2) on protection and substation automation Systems (system reliability / system architecture / experiences so far).

»      Protection coordination and special protection systems for interconnected power systems

»      Life cycle management of protection and control systems.

»      Innovative testing techniques for protection and substation automation systems. 


Theme 7: Transformer Design, Manufacturing, Life Cycle and Performance

»       Fire and explosion prevention: new oils, new bushing technologies, avoidance of tank rupture, effectiveness of existing test standards (for equipment and material) in failure prevention, design factors and improvements.

»      Fire mitigation: use of fluids with high fire point, fire wall, distances, sprinklers, risk assessment, modeling of internal  overpressures by 3D methods

»      Experiences of power transformers monitoring, incidents, failures and repairs

»      Thermal, electrical and environmental performances.

»      Reliability and economic aspects.

»      Effects of transients on performances.

»      maintenance practice, diagnostic, new technologies, life assessment, use of online monitoring system and expert system

»      Loading, switching operations, experiences in service, system aspects, new applications and designs.

»       Reinvestment policy options: Purchasing vs. "refurbishment to new" (technical economical comparisons, use of spares units, reliability, testing, technical improvements on aged units).

»      Diagnostics, risk assessment, post-mortem post scrapping investigations, on-line monitoring, moisture assessment, maintenance operation (drying, online degassers and dehumidifiers), quality controls.

»      Corrosive Oils & mitigation technique, re-inhibiting and metal passivators experiences.

»      Reliability, condition assessment, end of life evaluation. 

»      Design, manufacturing processes, application and performance of different winding types and material.

»      Experience and evaluation of winding mechanical (short-circuit and load noise), thermal, dielectric and efficiency performance.

»      Effects of ageing and maintenance practices on transformers performance.

»      Design of large transformers and its imapcts on transformers life cycle and rate of failure


Theme 8: Overhead Lines and Insulated Cables

»       Techniques, new innovative solutions, diagnostic tools and methods for line up rating and optimized use of existing capacities.

»      Maintenance and refurbishment methods based on diagnostic tools and methods.

»      Increasing reliability and security by improving electrical and mechanical performances: mechanical strength coordination, foundation assessment, de-icing methods, anti-cascading towers, wind vibration issues, etc...

»      Solutions for a quick recovery: emergency structures, details of fault and emergency recovery plans; construction of temporary lines,

»       Design, installations & in - experiences service.

»      Maintenance policies

»      Diagnostic methods applied to Cable Systems.

»      Remaining Life Assessment Methods.


Theme 9: HVDC and FACTS Technology

HVDC and FACTS technology

»   HVDC and FACTS as a means to improve System Capacity, Performance and Efficiency.

»   New technologies for HVDC and FACTS in AC Networks. 

HVDC and FACTs Schemes

»   Operational Performance of existing HVDC interconnections, Upgrading / replacement of older projects.

»   Feasibility studies of new HVDC projects.

»   Planning, Design and Reliability criteria and characteristics of new HVDC projects, including considerations on overload capabilities and market aspects.

»   Issues and experiences with ground return and ground electrodes.

»   Operational performance and system impact of existing FACTs.


Theme 10: Renewable Energy and Nuclear Energy for the Gulf States

»   Grid Codes , Policy & regulation requirements for nonconventional generation

»   Development of renewable energy sources and storage systems for GCC

»   Designs and methods to improve control grid stability, voltage dip survival, stabilization after grid faults, and provide reactive power control and energy storage.

»   Drivers and opportunities for nuclear energy in the Gulf States

»   Innovative nuclear technologies to meet GCC growing power demands

»   Nuclear Fuel cycles and disposing methodologies for the GCC countries


Theme 11: Smart Grids

»   Grid Code, Policy & regulation for smart grids

»   Experiences in implementing Smart Grids in GCC and Arab region

»   Growing complexities in Modern Grids leading to the drivers and opportunities for smart grids

»   Design and development of smart grids to address capabilities required for managing future grids.

»   Innovative Technologies to enable smart grid implementation

»   Standards for communication and data management


Theme 12: Asset Management for Power Systems

»   Asset management challenges/strategies (replacement, refurbishment and maintenance)

»   Substation lifecycle cost optimization.

»   Experiences and development of condition monitoring systems and techniques for decision support.

»   Use of on-line monitoring and diagnostics for risk mitigation - costs and benefits of their implementation.

»   Designs for least environmental impact.

»   Risk analysis techniques for evaluating costs associated with increasing maintenance, failure rates and repairs, due to deferred capital expenditures.

»   Considerations for a low carbon energy future.

»   Future integration of large scale renewable and implications on asset management practices

»   Enhanced information needed

»   Dealing with flatter load profiles, active distribution networks, uncertain generation, integration of new technology

Donor Members

Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, UAE

Eng. Yousif Al Ali

United Arab Emirates

Oman Electricity Transmission Co.

Eng. Ahmed Abdullah Al Rahbi


Collective Members

Intelligent Devices and Systems

United Arab Emirates

Al Ahleia Switchgear Co.


Bahra cables Company

Saudi Arabia