Remote Terminal Units (RTUs)

Managing RTU removal and installation

1st Step

Define scope and objectives

2nd Step

Develop a plan

Final Step

Document the project


Project Management






Electrical Engineering
Project Management

Managing RTU removal and installation

Several steps to ensure accountability, traceability, and ultimately, project success

The electrical engineering and project management experts at Welty Energy have the comprehensive knowledge and understanding of best practices to professionally manage the removal, installation, testing, and commissioning of remote terminal units (RTUs) — critical components within an electrical substation that provide the ability to remotely control and monitor devices such as breakers and switches.

To ensure the safety of personnel and the reliability of substation equipment, managing the removal and installation of an RTU inside an electrical substation requires meticulous planning and execution.  Installation involves careful consideration of the substation’s layout and requirements as the RTU can be installed either within a control building inside the substation or outside the substation yard. In control house applications, RTUs are typically rack-mounted. However, although they can also be mounted onto steel structures, outdoor installations require the installation of new conduits, foundations, and a cabinet-style enclosure.

The project management process involves several steps to ensure accountability, traceability, and ultimately, project success. The first step in managing an RTU removal and installation project is to define the project’s scope and objectives. This includes identifying the specific RTU to be removed and  installed, determining the timeline for the project, identifying any constraints or limitations, and defining the success criteria for the project.

Once the project scope and objectives have been defined, the next step is to develop a project plan. This includes identifying resources such as personnel, equipment, and materials required, and developing a detailed timeline for the project. A risk management plan to identify and mitigate any potential risks associated with the project should also be included.

Managing an RTU removal and installation project requires coordination with various stakeholders, including the substation owner, the equipment supplier, and any third-party contractors involved in the project. Communication with stakeholders is critical to ensure that everyone is aware of the project timeline, scope, and objectives, and to ensure that the project is completed safely and efficiently.

The final step in managing the removal and installation of an RTU is to document the project. This includes creating a detailed report that outlines the project scope, timeline, and objectives, as well as documenting any issues or challenges that were encountered during the project and how they were addressed. The project documentation should also include testing and commissioning results and any operational procedures or manuals that were developed as part of the project.

In conclusion, managing the removal and installation of an RTU inside an electrical substation requires careful planning, coordination, and execution. Project Managers at Welty Energy follow a structured approach that includes defining the project scope and objectives, developing a project plan, coordinating with stakeholders, preparing for the RTU removal, installing the new RTU, testing and commissioning the new equipment, and documenting the project.

And, of course, celebrating success!