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General Director of Rosseti Centre - the managing organization of Rosseti Centre and Volga Region Igor Makovskiy visited the future first digital substation in the Smolensk region

9 September 2019

6 September 2019, General Director of Rosseti Centre - the managing organization of Rosseti Centre and Volga Region Igor Makovskiy visited the Smolensk branch of the company during a working trip to the company’s regions of operations.

The main point of the trip was a visit to the 110/35/10 kV substation “Kozino”, which in the near future will become digital. Work on the reconstruction of the substation as part of the digital transformation program began at the end of May this year. On 30 August, the first stage of reconstruction was completed with the replacement of the T-2 power transformer with a larger power transformer to improve the quality of services provided to electricity consumers. The substation is equipped with modern electric energy metering devices, allowing automatic data collection.

During the inspection of the facility, Igor Makovskiy instructed to carry out a comprehensive reconstruction of the substation and to develop new technical solutions providing for the compact placement of equipment of a 35 kV complete distribution device of external installation and 110 kV outdoor switchgear. As a result of the reconstruction, a high level of automation of the power facility will be achieved, which will simplify its operation.

“The implementation of such projects allows us to successfully solve the problem of removing infrastructural restrictions for the economic development of the Smolensk region and providing additional opportunities for business to expand its activities,” stressed Igor Makovskiy.

During a visit to the executive office of the branch, the head of the company held an extended meeting with the management of the branch and chiefs of Distribution Zones. Considering the challenges facing Smolenskenergo, he noted the need for strict adherence to the deadlines for the implementation of all production programs aimed at ensuring high-quality and reliable power supply to consumers in the Smolensk region.

One of the main issues was the discussion of the implementation of the activities of the first stage of the digital transformation of the region’s electric grid complex. “We set the task to implement measures of digital transformation at a faster pace - and we are successfully solving it. Smolenskenergo’s digital transformation schedule is quite active. Smolensky Distribution Zone should eventually become one of the foremost in the company. This will allow the branch to be among the first to use the effects of digitalization,” stated Igor Makovskiy.

Another equally important task of the branch is the need for constant methodical work to reduce electricity losses. The head of the company focused on over-efforts that should be made by employees of Distribution Zones in terms of combating non-metered electricity consumption and bringing loss indicators to standard values.

Igor Makovskiy also drew the attention of the branch’s management to the need to increase the volume of value-added services provided by the branch, especially maintenance services for outdoor lighting networks.

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