Digitalization of the networks will improve the quality of grid controls


Askerbek Kuanyshbayev, the project sponsor and project manager, Managing Director for Strategy and Development of KEGOC, presented rationale and expected benefits of the WAMS / WACS monitoring and control project in Kazakhstan 

This KZT 600 million project is a part the Digital Kazakhstan government development programme and shall be completed in 2018-2020. 

It expected to bring around KZT 130 million per annum starting 2021, when both monitoring (WAMS) and control (WACS) systems will in commercial operation. The contract for delivery, installation, commissioning and technical support of the WAMS system was awarded in June 2018 to General Electric. 

The project shall be implemented in two stages and shall maximize the use of bandwidth through the management of electrical networks in real time. It shall facilitate assessing the state, analysing stability margins and effectively using the capacities of the power grid. 

WAMS (Wide Area Measurement System) shall automatically monitor the grid operating conditions using special PMU sensors (vector measurement device), which will be placed at KEGOC's substations of North-South Kazakhstan electricity transmission line, including 500 kV Shymkent and Zhambyl substations.


Currently, GE is at the stage of equipment manufacture and shall comission the system by the end of 2018. Throughout 2019 the system will be studied to develop an operational algorithm for the the second component of the project, the WACS (Wide Area Control System), to be completed in 2020.

Mr. Kuanyshbayev, presenting the project to the concerned employees of MES branches via video-conference, urged them to act responsibly in supporting the project implementation: 'It is well known that the energy resources cannot be evenly found in Kazakhstan, and the South of the country is short on energy supply, while the North is energy-rich. In such conditions, we cannot stress enough the importance of utilisation of all available North-South electricity transmission capacity. And the trending growth of electricity generation by intermittent renewable sources (wind and solar) does not make our effort any easier. The success of this project, to a certain extent, will improve the reliability of the North-South electricity transmission and will become one of the building blocks of the future smart grid in Kazakhstan.’