Several independent electric utility companies were formed following the privatization of Turkey’s generation and distribution sectors in 2013. One of those new companies, CK Energy, was determined to transform electric power distribution and retail services in its markets.
CK Energy was established following the privatization
of Turkey’s electric power sector to provide both power distribution and retail services. CK is an association of the Cengiz, Limak and Kolin groups, the leading electric power utility companies in Turkey. It is the largest electric utility in Turkey, distributing 46 billion kWh annually through its operations in four regions that encompass 11 cities and
over 10 million customers.
The privatization had provided a clean slate, and CK set its sights on creating a more efficient, more effective system based on the latest and most innovative technology and supported by a first-of-its-kind, fully-integrated
IT/OT operating structure.
CK’s managers immediately launched a far-reaching effort to completely transform the way they did business. With more than 10 million customers served by its four retail companies and four distribution system operators, their grand goal was to unify all business processes and technical solutions, and enable CK
to become more competitive in the very near future.
The procurement process included exploration and proof of concept demonstrations of key technologies needed to successfully merge information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT). CK did an extensive evaluation of the technical solutions available.
Based on ABB’s unique, demonstrated ability to integrate the IT/OT infrastructure for all elements of CK’s transformation efforts, they selected several of ABB’s products to create a fully-integrated solution, including:
Outage Lifecycle Management; SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system; ADMS (Advanced Distribution Management System); Service Suite (mobile workforce management), and Substation Automation with relays, remote terminal units, and other communication infrastructure devices