Lessons Learned

Cost and Time Savings through Substation Integration in the Bakken

In the past three years over seventy five fiber optically integrated substations using IEC 61850 have been built in the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota. These substations use fiber optic integration for all controls and alarming of yard equipment and GOOSE messaging to eliminate panel to panel control wiring. HMI's and relay pushbuttons have replaced standard control switches and virtual lockout relays have replaced the standard 86 lockout relays that were used in traditional designs. The reasoning behind this change was to decrease the cost and time that it takes to put substations into service. In the Bakken region, where the only consistency is fast paced schedules and drastic scope change, integration was the perfect fit. More

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