SEAPAC 2007 held in Sidney, Australia

SEAPAC 2007 held in Sidney, Australia

The conference was a great success by all reports from the 115 attendees. Many reported that this was a unique event in the Australian calendar.

The Australian National Committee of CIGRE and the B5 Protection & Automation Panel organized the South East Asia Protection & Automation Conference. Its goal was to help participants to respond to the increasing pressure on utilities to provide ever more reliable and robust electricity supply to the consumer under tight regulatory requirements.

With new developments in protection and automation, it is time to review what the industry is achieving in its current operations and take the lessons forward as the industry is about to embark on the next evolution of technology. It focused on best practice protection and automation issues in the Australia, New Zealand, South-East Asia and the Pacific region.

It gave participants the  opportunity to gain an understanding of current protection and automation practices in the industry and a unique  opportunity for networking amongst other professionals in the region and internationally.

The scope of the conference provided wide opportunity to discuss project strategies for development, justification, implementation and project management as well as design objectives and solutions for green field projects, brown field developments through to full life cycle management of the asset.

Projects encompassing direct equipment replacements through to complete technology shifts were also of interest. The program was highly interactive enabling an exchange of information on the papers presented with opportunities for all attendees to discuss specific issues particular to individual organizations.

Two keynote speakers - Brian Pokarier, PowerLink Manager Engineering & Projects and Chris Fitzgerald, Transgrid General Manager Engineering - discussed developments within the industry and the issues facing their organizations.

A special feature of the conference was a tour of Transgrid's new 330/132 kV indoor GIS substation.  The conference included an exhibition area where a number of suppliers presented their products and were available to discuss user's needs.