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138kV Grid Improvement Program

Posted by AMPED I on April 4, 2016
 

Amped I has completed (NINETY NINE) 138kV terminals on sixteen line upgrades in a major metropolitan area for a utility line upgrade obsolescence program. These encompass line differential, directional comparison, and permissive overreaching transfer trip relay schemes as well as breaker failure, transformer, phase shifter, and leads protection. The locations vary from a major city to rural areas from two terminal lines to multi-terminal transmission lines with various aspects of communication. They also include overhead, underground, and combinations of overhead and underground lines. These include multiplexing fiber rings, direct fiber, as well as carrier communication. Some terminals also require SCADA upgrades that are either IP based or serial based as well as the installation of new nodes of multiplexing and fiber equipment for both relay communications, SCADA communications, and telecom to support substation requirements. This project involved over 6,000 drawings.

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Topics: “BROWNFIELD” Upgrades

115kV Cap Bank & Circuit Switcher

Posted by AMPED I on January 21, 2016
 

We are working on the installation of a 115kV cap bank at a substation. This Cap will be fed through a Circuit switcher and the protection relaying includes the SEL-487V and the F-Pro5100 for the caps and an SEL-351 for circuit switcher.

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Topics: “BROWNFIELD” Upgrades

300 MVA Transformer “Emergent” Project

Posted by AMPED I on October 20, 2015
 

Amped I has just completed turnover of a replacement of a 300 MVA transformer in the downtown of a major metropolitan city. This design included new power system transformer protection and bus protection. It also included integration of serial communication for transformer monitoring as well as microprocessor relay SCADA. One of the challenges that went beyond a typical project was the coordination with another engineering firm that designed the physical and structural. This was a successful coordination.

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Topics: “BROWNFIELD” Upgrades

Intelligent Metering Upgrade

Posted by AMPED I on August 7, 2015
 

Amped I is in the process of replacing antiquated current and potential meters on critical substation systems with new digital technology multifunctional meters at multiple 12kV and 4kV sites in Illinois. Only a local digital display exists for many of these meters and it is essential to have remote, up-to-date and real-time access to full analytics pertaining to essential equipment such as transformers, feeders and voltage regulators. The need for remote data output was essential to this design, so new meters are either to be connected to existing remote terminal units or to newly installed remote terminal units. After further evaluation, Amped I is utilizing existing power, current transformer and potential transformer cables to save the client resources.

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Topics: “BROWNFIELD” Upgrades

Fire Alarm System For Oil Tanks

Posted by AMPED I on May 17, 2015
 
Our fire protection division, Fire & Risk Alliance, is currently designing a facility wide fire alarm system in Illinois to protect twelve (12) new 233’ diameter crude oil floating roof tanks. This involves installing linear heat detection fire alarm cables on the seals of the rims of the tanks to detect any fires. A fire alarm control panel will be installed in the fire pump house with a slave panel in the control building on a fiber network. This project is currently in progress with an expected completion date during the summer of 2017.
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Topics: “BROWNFIELD” Upgrades

Motor Operated Load Break Tap’s

Posted by AMPED I on February 28, 2015
 
Amped I recently performed engineering and design services related to the installation of RTU’s to support operation of MOAB’s on tap locations on the sub transmission system.  Amped I created schematic diagrams for the MOAB’s & RTU’s, wiring diagrams, BOM’s, cable diagrams and cable layouts for each install location.  Amped I also assisted in the procurement of the cabinet assembly with Systems Control who handled fabrication, assembly, wiring, and testing.
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Topics: “BROWNFIELD” Upgrades

Digital Fault Recorder (DFR) Panel Replacement

Posted by AMPED I on January 15, 2015
 
Amped I was asked to provide engineering and design support in a emergent application.  The substation currently has (4) transmission line feeds, (2) 115kV busses, (1) 14kV bus, (1) 161kV bus, (4) transformers, (1) cap bank and (5) feeders.  Amped I provided metering and relaying 1-Lines, tripping diagrams, AC/DC schematics, cable schedules, and BOM’s.  There were bi-weekly conference calls and engineering progress reports while the files were transmitted via secure FTP site.  The client handled all the testing, commissioning, and outage coordination services.  A challenge with this project was that the panel needed to be located in an existing equipment enclosure to accommodate outage constraints.
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Topics: “BROWNFIELD” Upgrades

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