Ecuador: Technical Assistance National Grid Control Center Modernization Project

The National Electricity Operator (Operador Nacional de Electricidad, CENACE) (the “Grantee) invites submission of qualifications and proposal data (collectively referred to as the “Proposal”) from interested U.S. firms that are qualified on the basis of experience and capability to execute technical assistance (the “Technical Assistance”) to assess control center upgrades that would enhance the real-time management of Ecuador’s national electricity grid and improve the stability and reliability of the country’s power supply network.

Project Background

The Project focuses on upgrades at Ecuador’s national grid control center in order to improve grid stability and reliability, meet the forecasted long-term growth in power demand, and ensure the grid’s ability to incorporate and manage emerging trends and technologies in the power sector, such as energy storage, utility-scale renewable energy generation, distributed generation, microgrids, demand response, and electric vehicles.

About the Grantee

The Grantee is the National Electricity Operator (Operador Nacional de Electricidad, CENACE), which is the federal government entity in the Ministry of Energy and Non Renewable Natural Resources responsible for operating and managing Ecuador’s national electricity grid.

About the Technical Assistance

This Technical Assistance will identify and recommend Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (“SCADA”), Energy Management System (“EMS”), and other upgrades at the control center to meet future needs, as well as evaluate how these upgrades would interface with key grid management systems and equipment at the control center, including the commercial metering information system, energy planning system, wholesale power market information system, wide area monitoring system, system protection equipment, real-time simulation laboratory, fuel information system, and the control center’s videowall. Given the importance of the national grid control center for Ecuador’s power supply system, the Technical Assistance will also include a thorough cybersecurity review of the recommended upgrades.

The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a $597,314 grant to the Grantee from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.

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Ecuador: Technical Assistance National Grid Control Center Modernization Project

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