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System 800xA for Petrobras substation automation in Brazil

Lowering lifecycle costs with one IED technology, library, control system, and common IEC 61850 engineering toolset

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ABB's unique and open concept for implementing network communications on substation automation systems with critical interlocks helps Petrobras optimize operational and energy costs

Large energy company expanding substation infrastructure

Petrobras is an energy company that serves in Brazil and abroad with over 100 platforms, 16 refineries, and 6000 gas stations. It has been investing over 100 Billion USD over the recent years for improving and streamlining the infrastructure.

When expanding its Substation Automation (SA) infrastructure, new substations had to be integrated with legacy Power Management Systems (PMS). The PMS functionality and data had to be shared with both the new and legacy systems. At the same time, they were looking for better performance, reliability and system information.

Main facts

Industry Energy and utilities
Customer Petrobras
Country Brazil
Solutions

System 800xA


A paradigm shift with the new IEC 61850 technology

Petrobras decided to adopt IEC 61850 technology - an Ethernet based global standard for communications and system architecture in Substation Automation and Power Distribution Systems. IEC 61850 provides a flexible and open architecture for interoperability among Intelligent Electrical Devices (IEDs), virtualized modeling of logical devices and a common IED configuration language. It allows for easy expansion of new IEDs in the network and makes it easy to connect to an HMI.

Executing multiple projects simultaneously

Even with the new technology to solve their infrastructure issues, Petrobras had to deal with some barriers and challenges. These barriers included executing multiple projects simultaneously, training employees and suppliers on the new technology and a paradigm shift. Petrobras selected ABB to implement the network communications on substation automation systems with critical interlocks.
IEC 61850 provides a flexible and open architecture for interoperability among Intelligent Electrical Devices (IEDs), virtualized modeling of logical devices and a common IED configuration language.

One library, one control system and one engineering toolset

Petrobras implemented ABB’s System 800xA to provide a unique and open concept with one IED technology, one library, one control system, and one common IEC 61850 engineering toolset. ABB’s solution adds value to the actual assets for the total lifecycle. ABB’s control systems are designed for easy evolution and it has a state of the art concept for substation automation.

There are many benefits of using ABB System 800xA and IEC 61850 technology. IEC 61850 Connect is more than just another protocol.

  • It allows interoperability among IEDs from different vendors to work together.
  • It has a standard data naming convention, self describing devices, virtualized modeling of logical devices, and a common language to configure devices. As a result, project engineering and commissioning time is reduced.
  • Operational costs are minimized with fewer assets, spares, protocols, and wiring.
  • Energy costs can more easily be managed and reduced with a unified system. 
With IEC 61850, project engineering and commissioning time is reduced. Operational costs are minimized with fewer assets, spares, protocols, and wiring.

Common platform for process and electrical control

With a common platform, end users experience lower maintenance and life cycle costs, capital cost savings, and efficient engineering by integrated project teams.

Electrical and Automation Integration with System 800xA provides a central point for ERP system access, a central data historian for critical data collection, as well as a common alarm and events list.

Extended Asset Management capabilities enable both process and electrical condition-based monitoring to be done with one system.

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