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Simulation Exercise to Manage Power Cut Crises (SEMPOC)

Simulation models allow experts to evaluate the impact of power cut crises so that they know in advance how to mitigate any potential impacts on critical infrastructure.

Project dates 09/03/2009 - 08/03/2011
Total budget€1 089 752
EU contribution70%
Project CoordinatorTecnun, University of Navarra (Spain)
Project partners
  • University of Ljubjana (Slovenia)
  • Union Fenosa / Gas Natural (Spain)
Associate Partners
  • University of Agder (Norway)
  • Prospective Ltd (Norway)
  • National Operations Centre (Netherlands)
  • Sjöland & Thyselius (Sweden)
  • Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (Sweden)
  • Spanish Electricity Network (Spain)
  • Eles (Slovenia)
  • Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) (Denmark)
  • National Centre for Critical Infrastructure Protection (Spain)
  • Argonne National Laboratory (USA)
  • EPES (Spain)
  • Defence Research Establishment (Norway)

Project Description

Mitigation of the impact of a potential crisis starts well before any triggering event occurs. Serious crises effects can last for a long period, and the interconnectivity of critical infrastructures causes the crisis to spread even further, having unforeseen implications. The SEMPOC project integrated different approaches into holistic simulation models, taking into account all relevant aspects (technical, economic, political and social) of the long-term lifecycle of a power cut crisis. Such models are used to improve security in the event of such a crisis.

Benefits and results

Simulation models allow the experimentation and evaluation of different policies and approaches, and hence observation of both short- and long-term consequences. The involvement of stakeholders and beneficiaries from the early stage of the project development guaranteed the acceptance of the methodology and the models, as well as the implementation of the results. This approach also facilitates a wider dissemination of the results.

The SEMPOC project developed three simulation models. The first corresponded to the peak of the crisis, the second to the whole lifecycle of a single crisis, while the third model simulated several crises occurring during a particular time frame, focusing on the learning process that must happen between one crisis and the next.

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