A multi-objective optimal PMU placement considering fault-location topological observability of lengthy lines: a case study in OMAN grid

Amer Al-Hinai, Ali Reza Karami-Horestani, Hassan Haes Alhelou

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Using PMU data, the fault location algorithm has gradually been trended in the literature. Besides the optimality of the algorithm, the fault location application should directly receive the data of the faulty line from the PMU devices to have the best performance; using state estimation to create the input data of fault location algorithm not only wastes the golden time, but it also decreases the reliability. Given, it is not possible to install PMU devices in all buses of the system, it is better to install them for the lengthy lines having the most probability of the failure. Although various approaches have been presented in the literature to solve optimal PMU placement (OPP), the fault location observability has less been considered in OPP formulation Accordingly, this paper considers a new index, named fault location observability (FLO), as a second objective function in its OPP formulation. Using this index, in addition to minimizing PMU installation cost, the number of lengthy lines being directly observable are also maximized. Using the ɛ-constraint method, the multi-objective problem has been solved several times as single-objective optimizations. Given the constraints and objective functions are linear, the work presents a mixed integer linear programming (MILP) formulation for the placement problem. Using the GAMS under CPLEX solver, the global optimal solutions of MILP model corresponding to the various ɛ-constraints yields to a Pareto optimal front. The simulation results, next, implements the proposed method on the IEEE 300 bus test system as well as the practical OMAN grid to prove the effectiveness of the proposed method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1113-1123
Number of pages11
JournalEnergy Reports
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023


  • Fault location observability (FLO) index
  • MILP-based multi-objective optimization
  • OMAN grid
  • Optimal PMU placement
  • Phasor measurement unit

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