PBA Consulting Ltd

PBA has built a reputation for successfully supplying high voltage services and solutions focused on the asset management of high voltage equipment. Since 2009, our hands-on specialist service has been progressively blended with a growing consultancy service based on our learnings around the asset management of transformers, circuit breakers, and SF6 stewardship. We have now taken our next evolutionary step by founding PBA Consulting Ltd which will focus on supplying high voltage engineering consultancy services and will complement the high voltage specialist services offered by PBA.

Our consultancy services in HV asset management have been augmented to now include system planning studies, including connection studies for hydro, thermal, solar, or wind generators, and HVDC Links.We advise on electricity market systems, and investigate major incidents. PBA’s contracting services and consulting services are able to leverage off each other to offer a mix of high voltage specialist knowledge that is rare in the power industry.

 

Our specialist technical advice is led by our Technical Directors

Dr Ranil de Silva and John Pringle

Ranil de Silva has worked on the technical analysis of power systems across several countries, including grid planning, insulation coordination, HVDC systems, electricity markets, and incident investigation.

John Pringle’s expertise in the installation and maintenance of transformers and circuit breakers has given him insights into the issues faced by the owners of ageing HV plant.

PBA Consulting also taps into the skills and experience of the wider PBA group and affiliated engineering resources. This allows us to bring in subject matter experts as required.

PBA Consulting’s Vision is to be a trusted advisor to our customers, with a thorough understanding of our customer interests, and providing independent and objective advice based on our specialist experience in the high voltage power industry.

Dr Ranil de Silva

Dr Ranil de Silva - Technical Director of PBA Consulting

Dr Ranil de Silva is PBA Consulting’s Technical Director - Systems. Ranil has developed a global reputation for tackling difficult technical issues in the electricity industry for 38 years. His deep understanding and collegial approach has helped him lead technical teams through complex analyses in system studies, insulation coordination, HVDC projects, electricity market systems, and incident investigations. His guidance and mentoring continue to be sought after by clients seeking trusted advice on their most challenging problems.

John Pringle

John Pringle - Technical Manager

John Pringle has significant experience in the electrical power industry and is PBA Consulting’s Technical Director - Primary Assets focusing on Circuit Breaker and Transformer assets.

John is a recognised authority on the management of SF6 assets including emissions accounting, reporting and regulatory compliance.

 

 

Consulting and advisory services

 
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System Planning Studies

  • PBA Consulting’s system planning capability ranges from studies on small MV distribution networks up to EHV transmission grids
  • Our system planning studies are broadly divided into network planning, and generator connection studies, including hydro, thermal, solar, or wind generators
  • We believe that the integration of Distributed Energy Resources will present the next major challenge to the power system
 
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HVDC

We can support HVDC systems through their entire lifecycle:

  • Transmission Planning Studies
  • Integration into the AC system
  • Specification Development
  • Tender Evaluation
  • Factory Acceptance Testing
  • Commissioning
  • Fault Finding
  • Mid-Life Refurbishment
 
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Incident Investigation

  • Forensic Analysis
  • Incident Reporting
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • ICAM Investigations
  • 5 Whys Analysis
  • Testing and fault finding
 
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Electricity Market Systems

  • Market systems vs. power system reality
  • The power system is the most complex machine devised by man
  • Electricity Market design is often politically driven and often fails to recognize the operational reality of complex power systems
  • PBA Consulting can guide the development of electricity markets to better represent the operation of the power system, and help our clients understand the vagaries of market outcomes
 
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Transformer Asset Management

  • Development of technical specifications
  • Technical assistance in tender evaluations
  • Design reviews
  • Drawing approvals
  • Factory inspections
  • Test witnessing
  • Technical support with installation, life cycle management and commissioning
  • Transformer refurbishment process design including low frequency dryout
 
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CB and SF6 Asset Management

  • Development of technical specifications
  • Technical assistance in tender evaluations
  • Design reviews
  • Drawing approvals
  • Factory inspections
  • Test witnessing
  • Technical support with installation, life cycle management and commissioning
  • SF6 asset managemeent and emissions reporting

Key capabilities include:

Simulation packages operated:

  • PSS/E
  • PowerFactory
  • PSCAD
  • EMTP-RV.T

Expertise in the following studies:

  • Load Flow
  • Short Circuit
  • Dynamics
  • Power Quality
  • Insulation Coodination

PBA Consulting affiliates:

 

For further information on our consulting and advisory capabilities, please contact us today.