General Director of Rosseti Centre - the managing organization of Rosseti Centre and Volga Region, Igor Makovskiy, paid a working visit to the Kursk region. The head of the energy companies assessed the results of preparation of the Kurskenergo branch for the autumn-winter period and inspected the implementation of key projects of the digital transformation program. At a meeting with the management of the branch, Igor Makovskiy outlined the priority tasks for the near future.
At the beginning of the working trip, General Director of Rosseti Centre heard a report on the results of Kurskenergo’s preparation for the winter maximum load. All activities were completed on time and in full. They repaired 766.5 km of 0.4-110 kV overhead power lines, 347 0.4-110 kV supply centres, cleared over 780 hectares of routes along overhead power lines. 84 Kurskenergo’s crews, consisting of 415 people and 132 vehicles, are in full readiness to work in the autumn-winter period. All the crews have necessary tools, inventory, equipment, protective gear. They have at their disposal more than 100 reserve power supply sources with a total capacity of over 1.5 MW, which can be used for temporary power supply, primarily to socially significant facilities in the regions.
Igor Makovskiy positively assessed the results of the branch’s operation. “We were faced with a task - regardless of any external circumstances, to ensure timely and full implementation of all preparatory measures - and it was successfully solved. Despite the fact that a significant part of the staff was transferred to a remote mode of work, in the context of limited interregional logistics, as well as the capabilities of our partners and contractors - performers of works and manufacturers of equipment, we have retained the entire technological cycle and volumes of the repair program. In cooperation with the leadership of the region and personally Governor Roman Starovoit, directly with the operational headquarters, we managed to organize this work very efficiently on the territory of the region. On 30 October, the preparations for winter were fully completed. Today, the power grid complex of the Kursk region has a serious margin of safety for uninterrupted operation in the coldest months of the year,” stressed Igor Makovskiy.
Igor Makovskiy’s visit continued in the Kursky Distribution Zone, where the first “Digital Distribution Zone” project in the region is being implemented. It provides, in particular, the implementation of a distributed automation system for a 0.4-10 kV grid. For its construction, about 100 units of high-tech digital equipment have already been installed on the overhead lines of the Kursk region. 34 points of high-voltage metering were created. Also, within the framework of the project, the transformer substations of the Kursk region are equipped with smart devices for technical metering of electricity. To date, more than 700 such “smart devices” have been installed.
Assessing the implementation of this project, General Director of Rosseti Centre emphasized its importance for the region and, in particular, for ensuring its reliable power supply. “The Kursky district plays an important role in the socio-economic development of the region, so we chose it for the implementation of the first digital transformation projects. To date, 80% of its activities have already been completed. And today, also thanks to feedback, we are already seeing the effects. The controllability of power grid facilities and the speed of response to emergency situations have increased. Losses have decreased. As a result, the reliability and quality of power supply in more than 100 settlements of the Kursk region, where more than 10 thousand people live, have significantly improved. Already in the foreseeable future, thanks to digital technologies, we will be able to move from the detection and elimination of technological violations to their forecasting and prevention. This will be a big step forward,” stressed Igor Makovskiy.
The head of Rosseti Centre also examined the site of the Interregional Grid Control Centre, which is being created in Kursk, after which he held a working meeting with the leadership of Kurskenergo. In the course of it, Igor Makovskiy formulated the priority tasks of the branch for the near future. In addition to reliable work during the autumn-winter period and further advanced implementation of the Digital Transformation Program, the discussion was about the development of additional services. In particular - the service “Outdoor lighting”. As Igor Makovskiy noted, additional services are not only an additional resource to compensate for the company’s natural costs associated with inflationary processes, but also an opportunity to apply its resources and competencies to create a comfortable and safe environment for residents of the regions.
“Our task is to become a single operator for installing and providing outdoor lighting in all regions of our activity. For this we have everything we need: qualified personnel, specialized vehicles, the material and technical base. And, finally, the successful experience of implementing large projects in this area in different regions. Today we serve over 20 percent of all lighting fixtures in the Kursk region. The goal is to bring it to 100 percent. All the prerequisites for this are there. If the installation of outdoor lighting systems is carried out by a company that, due to its natural advantages, can do it skillfully and efficiently, then consumers will benefit first of all,” the head of Rosseti Centre said in conclusion.