Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) had to know the condition of its underground network assets. The company needed to provide “visibility” for dispatchers, loadings for engineers and remote operability for the whole organization.
The concept was to bring “actionable information” to these stakeholders by installing fiber communication networks, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), sensors and microprocessor-based protection upgrades on all of PSE&G’s 26 kilovolt (kV) underground networks. A more rapid fault-locating capability helps pinpoint where problems are, thus avoiding hours of randomly pumping manholes. This system results in quicker cable or transformer restoration.
Black & Veatch was selected to provide full system engineering and integration, from the field device in the underground transformer vault to the operator graphic displays that are part of SCADA. Black & Veatch brought the resources, technical expertise and third-party support required to move data from the field to the operation center for control and monitoring of the networks.