Austrian Power Grid Gains Capacity to Plan Electricity Network Expansion up to 10-Years in Advance
 
 

Austrian Power Grid Gains Capacity to Plan Electricity Network Expansion up to 10-Years in Advance

  • Oracle Customer:  Austrian Power Grid AG
    Location:  Vienna, Austria
    Industry:  Utilities
    Employees:  450
    Annual Revenue:  $500 Million to $1 Billion

Austrian Power Grid AG (APG) is Austria’s transmission-system operator, ensuring that the country has the electrical power it needs 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Operating a grid that spans roughly 3,500 kilometers in route length and 62 substations, the company provides a technically and economically optimized structure for the electricity-network, including secure operation and regular maintenance of all systems and equipment. Through careful and long-term grid planning and asset management, APG ensures that Austria’s electricity supply keeps pace with rapidly growing challenges, such as market-led load flows, rising supply of renewable energies, and demand for electricity.

 
 

 
 

Challenges

A word from Austrian Power Grid AG

  • “Long-term planning is critical to our business to comply with the regulatory framework and because we have projects that require lengthy, utility-infrastructure approval processes. With Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management, we can plan our budgets and schedule our resources up to 10 years ahead. We have the capacity to define our resources down to the hour and optimize reporting across all projects. This way, we know precisely where we stand with our long-term planning.” – Wolfgang Huska, application supervisor for Primavera P6 at Asset Management, Austrian Power Grid AG

  • Allocate budgets and resources for the maintenance and expansion of Austria’s power grid in a transparent manner to ensure a sustainable power supply and integrate use of renewable energy in Austria’s electricity market
  • Ensure a single version of trusted project management data by replacing spreadsheet-based, one-row-per-project scheduling, which was time-consuming and error-prone
  • Gain better visibility into the relationships and interdependencies of power-grid maintenance and expansion projects which require long-term development strategies—for example by freezing or reducing renovation budgets and resources for a substation that is due to be rebuilt
  • Standardize complex project-scheduling procedures—such as critical-path method calculations—to manage APG’s project portfolio
  • Advance APG’s strategy to continuously increase productivity and efficiency while meeting requirements of certified standards, such as those issued by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and Eco Management and Audit Scheme

Solutions

  • Deployed Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management to enhance project planning and control by providing end-to-end visibility into budgeting and resource scheduling for up to 10 years of operation, expansion, and maintenance projects for Austria’s power grid
  • Empowered about 200 employees to ensure the safe and undisrupted operation and maintenance of the APG grid by enabling multiple users to access project data at the same time and immediately see changes applied by other users
  • Enabled APG managers to determine in a matter of minutes whether APG has sufficient number of highly specialized experts with the right skills to accomplish a project, rather than collecting data manually from different sources
  • Achieved cost savings by bundling expansion and maintenance projects for the benefit of the consumer
  • Benefited from Primavera P6’s advanced data filtering and access features—which enable each user to see only the data relevant to his role—to raise user productivity and substantially increase data security
  • Gained reporting flexibility by enabling managers to identify milestones, optimize handling of interdependent projects, and precisely schedule valuable resources for thousands of tasks across numerous projects
  • Achieved consistency across projects by using a single source of truth for pricing, enabling staff to easily identify and get quotes for system components—from energy meters to transformers—with accurate and up-to-date prices
  • Gained the ability to easily plan, review, and balance project resources, costs, and schedules

Why Oracle

“Austrian Power Grid has a standard procurement process that guarantees the highest quality of service to meet the demand of Austrian consumers for reliable, clean, and affordable energy. We issued a public tender and evaluated several vendors. Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management was by far the best tool for our enterprise-grade, project-planning and budgeting requirements,” said Wolfgang Huska, application supervisor for Primavera P6 at asset management, Austrian Power Grid AG.

Partner

Oracle partner proadvise GmbH has worked with Austrian Power Grid for the past two years, helping the company to run Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management 7.0 across various company divisions and upgrade to Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management 8.3. proadvise has substantial knowledge of APG’s business requirements as well as Oracle’s Primavera solutions and provides ongoing support and knowledge transfer to APG personnel.