Driven by regulatory and consumer pressures, power utilities are seeking higher efficiency, reliability and safety

Here to help is a new generation of technology innovation. Leading innovation in the Industrial Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics, mobility and workflow collaboration we bring many promising new opportunities for operations and maintenance improvement.

South Africa supplies two-thirds of Africa’s electricity and is one of the four cheapest electricity producers in the world. Almost 90 percent of South Africa’s electricity is generated in coal-fired power stations. Koeberg, a large nuclear station near Cape Town, provides about 5 percent of capacity. A further 5 percent is provided by hydroelectric and pumped storage schemes.

Generation is dominated by Eskom, the national, wholly state-owned utility, which also owns and operates the national electricity grid. The rolling load-shedding due to lack of power generation capacity has triggered much criticism but a combination of improved maintenance initiatives and a slowing economy have largely dealt with the problem. In addition, the commissioning of the Medupi and Kusile power stations within the next five years will further improve the situation.

But it’s not stopping there. A multitude of privately-owned companies have seen the gap in the market and are implementing many wind and solar generation facilities (e.g. 54 solar plants and 38 wind farms that are either operational, under construction or planned). With regards to gas, South Africa produces 970 million cubic metres/year and has proven gas reserves of over 27 million cubic metres.

Value-Driven, People-Centric, Future-Proofed

Conversations with power industry leaders across the globe reveal three areas of strategic importance where AVEVA can help accelerate the Digital Transformation journey to a new energy future.

Value

“What is the right digital strategy that will enable you to run your business today AND change the business for what you need tomorrow?”

 

People and Culture

“What is the right digital strategy that will put people at the center of transformational change, and help create a high-performance culture?”

 

Technology and Risk

“What is the right digital strategy that will reduce technology risk but also help quickly adapt and be agile in a changing industry landscape?”

 

A Lifecycle Approach to Maximising Lifetime Value

From savings in capital expenditure costs during the initial design and build stage to reducing operations and maintenance (O&M) expenditures, the AVEVA portfolio for the power industry adds value at every stage of the plant lifecycle, helping to extend the total lifetime value of power assets.

Reduce Total Implemented Cost

AVEVA solutions for integrated design and engineering can help save as much as 10 percent from engineering, procurement, and construction activities.

Maximise Asset Reliability

AVEVA solutions help monitor over 500,000 MW (or ~8 percent of global capacity) to maximise the reliability of assets throughout the fleet and/or grid.

Reduce Operating Cost

AVEVA solutions have helped to achieve savings of over $250k per unit through process modelling capabilities in thermal performance management.

Improve Workforce Productivity

AVEVA solutions help empower your workforce via platforms for mobility, and operator training and simulation, including virtual and augmented reality.

Challenges facing the Power and Gas utility industry

Knowing about and controlling large, geographically-dispersed assets and networks

This is the nature of the business which, in South Africa, depends on the location of coal mines, wind power and solar availability. But decentralising human expertise to cope with issues isn’t possible due to the short supply of that expertise. One answer is the centralisation of knowledge but this requires special data gathering and information extraction technologies.

  • System Platform
  • Historian – tiered
  • InTouch
  • InTouch Access Anywhere
  • MDT AutoSave
  • Intelligence
  • Flow
  • Skelta BPM Workflow

Making decisions based on accurate

Aggregating and contextualising data from multiple, disparate sources is mandatory in order to provide operators at the plant level and management at the corporate level the same and accurate picture of reality in real time.

  • Historian
  • Intelligence
  • Flow
  • MES/Operations
  • SmartGlance

Cyber security

Energy is a primary strategic resource and the number one target for anyone wanting to impact a country’s economy and security.

  • System Platform
  • InTouch
  • Historian
  • Intelligence
  • Flow

Improved safety

Whether it’s the operation or maintenance of generation sets with their attendant boilers or the erection of wind turbines, safety is an all important aspect of this industry and informing operators and technicians in the field on mobile devices is becoming the norm.

  • System Platform
  • InTouch Access Anywhere
  • SmartGlance

Emissions control

With the great majority of South Africa’s power drawn from coal, emissions control has become a highly-significant issue, especially with respect to international agreements.

  • System Platform
  • Historian
  • Historian Client
  • InTouch
  • Information Server
  • Alarm Advisor

System availability and effective maintenance

Power and gas generation and distribution include complex process entirely dependent on the availability of a lengthy chain of machinery. Traditional calendar-based protocols have been shown to be less effective than demand-based systems for many aspects of this industry.

  • MES/Performance
  • PRiSM
  • MDT AutoSave
  • IntelaTrac

Customer Stories

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Customer Stories Power and Gas Utilities

Egoli Gas (Pty) Ltd

Egoli Gas saves 95% of personnel time and energy through automated network monitoring
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Customer Stories Power and Gas Utilities

Cennergi (Pty) Ltd

Cennergi turns wind into megawatts with help from Wonderware
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Customer Stories Power and Gas Utilities

Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd

Advanced compressed air management helps Eskom keep the lights on
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Customer Stories Power and Gas Utilities

Eskom

Enhanced remote monitoring of Africa’s only nuclear power station helps Eskom engineers
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Customer Stories Power and Gas Utilities

Eskom Emission Monitoring

Eskom conforms to legal emission limits with help from Wonderware
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Customer Stories Power and Gas Utilities

Eskom PDS Project

Eskom’s PDS project is helping the company see the light
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Customer Stories Power and Gas Utilities

Eskom Peaking Acacia and Port Rex

Eskom Peaking’s power stations more ready than ever
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