Oman’s state-owned oil company Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has purchased the Advanced Energy Management System (AEMS) from the American Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) service provider, GE Digital.
According to the statement, the GE Digital software will enable PDO to plan, control, and optimize renewable power generation to help keep its oil production plants operating reliably and efficiently.
PDO delivers the majority of the Sultanate of Oman’s crude oil production and natural gas supply. “The company runs its own electric network – a microgrid – to serve their business. A microgrid is a local controllable grid which can run autonomously from the main grid,” as per the statement.
Mr. Zahir Al Busaidy, Infrastructure Power Systems Department Manager for PDO commented that, “Our goal is to meet our electricity needs and support a stable grid. To do that, we needed an effective system management that allows us to be proactive.”
“The addition of GE Digital’s software will support the efficient management of our microgrid to keep our business operating and assist in the preparation for challenges and opportunities with renewables in the future,” Mr. Al Busaidy further added.
GE Digital’s AEMS is designed to integrate with electric utility functions, such as plant and field management, asset and maintenance management, IT internal services, security services, substation automation systems, HVDC line control, power plant control systems, and other EMS interchanges.
“The global economic landscape will change rapidly in the next 10 years and it is critical to incorporate renewable energy sources into all grids. Industrial companies like Petroleum Development Oman are utilizing contemporary digital tools to deliver a reliable, more sustainable microgrid to support their core operations,” said Mr. Jim Walsh, General Manager of GE Digital’s Grid Software business.