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Riel Substation is Manitoba Hydro’s newest DC Converter Station as well as a major 230/500kV transmission station. Riel covers approximately 40 hectares making it physically one of the largest
substations in North America. The project modifies the existing 500kV international transmission line running from Winnipeg, CA to Minnesota.
This paper presents the analysis of the technical issues encountered during project execution such as engineering design, multivendor integration, GOOSE implementation, network infrastructure and cyber security. It covers also the organizational issues such as customer involvement and standardization, among others, lessons learned and recommendations for future implementations.
This is one of the first complete protection and control automation solution using redundant IEC61850. The technology being implemented within Riel Station is not only one of the largest Digital Control Systems on the continent, but is one of the premier systems in the world today.
As a partner of the Riel initiative, Schneider Electric has completed the engineering, design and manufacturing of protection and control panels for the entire substation using state of the art technologies including but not limited to full redundant system, NERC CIP cyber security compliance, multivendor interoperability and reliability as a top priority with 6 independent fiber optic networks, redundant protections, HMI and networks.
The implemented design permits a cost effective solution using the Ethernet Redundant Networks to communicate with others devices and non-hardwire traditional solution. The protection scheme solution is based on IEC61850, providing the protection functions and logics inside the different relays to
share and capture information required protecting the electrical network and facilitating the monitoring from HMI. By the time this paper will be presented at DTECH 2015, the 230 kV portion of the project will have been commissioned and energized.