Identifying and prioritizing of risks in electric industry development projects (Case study: transmission and high distribution of Khorasan Regional Electric Co.)

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Faculty of Engineering, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, I.R. Iran

2 Faculty of Industrial Engineering, Sadjad Institute of Higher Education, Mashhad, I.R. Iran

3 Dept. of Industrial Engineering, Young Researchers Club, Islamic Azad University, Firoozkooh, I.R. Iran

4 Khorasan Razavi Regional Electric Company, I.R. Iran


Each year many large scale national projects face execution problems. In this regard, risk
management can play a significant role in identifying and taking proper measures. In this research,
using Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), a risk management procedure has been
designed and implemented in transmission and high distribution power lines of Khorasan Regional
Electric Company. First, using the results obtained from field studies and other information gathering
tools, different kinds of risks in transmission and high distribution power lines have been identified.
Next, risks analysis have been carried out based on probability of occurrence, ease of detection,
manageability as well as their impact on project goals. The rate of goals achievement was taken into
account by three criteria including time, cost and quality of execution. This followed by classification
of the risks, through risk breakdown structure, and then their prioritization. The results show that
budget shortage, sanctions issues, improper selection of project team, have been the main risks in the
projects considered in this research. The proposed approach in this study, with minor modifications,
may be employed to manage the risks in other large scale national projects.


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