Igor Makovskiy: “During the flood period the electric grid complex of 20 regions of the country will be under our reliable control”

13 March 2019

IDGC of Centre - the managing organization of IDGC of Centre and Volga Region completed preparations for the flood period. According to forecasts, its maximum intensity in the regions within the company’s service area (20 constituent entities of the Russian Federation) will fall on the period until 28 April.

The earliest start of the flood is predicted in the Belgorod, Lipetsk and Smolensk regions, later it will come to the Kirov region. The longest (from 40 and more days) spring flood is expected in the Udmurt Republic, Vladimir and Ivanovo regions. In addition, the Vladimir region has become the only region of the Company’s operations where the flood intensity is predicted above average annual values.

To ensure reliable power supply to consumers during the flood period, IDGC of Centre and IDGC of Centre and Volga Region have implemented a set of measures to ensure trouble-free operation of power equipment, the progress of which was controlled by the specially created Central Flood Commission. Similar commissions set up at the branches carried out operational control in the field.

The power engineers determined the list of power facilities located in the high-risk zone, which was based on the results of observations during the flood periods of three previous years. A schedule of examinations of risk areas has been drawn up and those responsible persons for carrying them out have been appointed. A list of additional measures has been formed to ensure reliable operation of the electric grid facilities during the river flooding period.

First responding crews of Distribution Zones carried out inspections of overhead lines crossing the rivers. An inspection of the protection of the bases of the poles from the ice drift was performed. The availability and good technical condition of water-borne vehicles, stationary and mobile pumps and special equipment was ensured. The availability and storage of emergency reserve was also checked. Taking into account possible changes in the river channel during the flooding, the branches have developed measures to ensure the delivery of vehicles, materials and equipment of the emergency reserve to the proposed flood zones. In order to eliminate possible failures, back-up sources of power supply have been prepared, their locations have been determined. Special trainings were organized and conducted with the first responding and maintenance personnel of all branches of the company.

Currently, specialists of the branches of IDGC of Centre and IDGC of Centre and Volga Region constantly monitor the flood situation on the ground. Under their special control there are electrical installations that provide electricity to socially significant facilities. In order to obtain operational information on weather conditions in the field, a clear interaction of the Company’s branches with the territorial bodies of Roshydromet, divisions of the EMERCOM of Russia, branches of FGC UES, road maintenance and construction departments, and local authorities has been ensured.

The implementation of the whole set of measures for the preparation of the electric grid complex for work during the flood period was carried out under the personal supervision of Igor Makovskiy, General Director of IDGC of Centre - the managing organization of IDGC of Centre and Volga Region. The head of the company oversaw their progress on the spot, regularly travelling to the regions. “The quality and reliability of power supply to millions of consumers directly depends on timely and high-quality preparation for the flood. We are very responsible in approaching this work, taking all necessary measures to ensure that the power grid complex of 20 regions of the country functions smoothly during this period,” emphasizes Igor Makovskiy.

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