Network Optimisation Project (NOP)
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution and Southern Electric Power Distribution
SSEN Future Networks Team
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Network Innovation Allowance
Overhead Lines and Conductors
The project aims to utilise an optimisation tool in order to address the undergrounding of overhead lines within the test site. The anticipated benefit includes the reduction of the cost for the undergrounding of overhead lines through the design of optimal routes. The scope of the project is outlined below:
- Definition of Input. SSEPD along with the selected supplier will define the requirements and inputs of the optimisation tool that will be used for the project.
- Data Collection & Analysis. SSEPD will undertake the required data analysis in order to provide to the selected supplier the data required for the optimisation exercise. The selected supplier will also prepare the data in a format that will be used by their optimisation algorithm.
- SSEPD will select an external network planner in order to undertake the traditional network planning approach, define the design criterions of the optimisation assessment and support the project in reaching its goal.
- Design, Mapping and Testing. The selected supplier will undertake the mapping of SSEPD input in their existing optimisation tool, run the optimisation process and test the outcome. SSEPD will be involved in the stage by providing continuous support and steering the process.
- Results Evaluation. SSEPD will undertake the network planning process and determine the route for the proposed underground work using traditional processes. The outcome of the traditional process will be used as the baseline for the comparison with the outcome of the optimisation tool undertaken by the selected supplier. Within this stage, and if the method is successful, SSEPD will scope the follow on steps.
- Project Close Out. SSEPD will develop and produce a project close out report.
The project will determine whether the optimisation tool offered by the selected supplier can result in more cost effective options for the undergrounding of overhead lines, in comparison to traditional network planning approaches.
The project will be considered a success if it can determine whether the optimisation tool offered by the selected supplier can result in more cost effective options for the undergrounding of overhead lines, in comparison to traditional network planning approaches.