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