October 3 the special interdepartmental commission confirmed the readiness of IDGC of Centre — Belgorodenergo division to operate in a period of low temperatures. The members of the commission signed the Certificate of readiness, then Deputy Chief Engineer for production control and safety of IDGC of Centre Alexander Zamotay handed the Certificate of readiness for winter to Deputy General Director of IDGC of Centre — Belgorodenergo division director Roman Tkachenko.
In preparation for the autumn-winter operation period 577 major measures were planned and performed to improve equipment reliability and reduce failures in grids. Regular monitoring of energy facilities was conducted by representatives of the executive office of IDGC of Centre, the Upper Don Office of RTN, the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Belgorod region and branch of JSC «FGC UES» — Centre for Technical Supervision. As of October 1, all the planned measures were implemented.
The maintenance program has been fully implemented, emergency reserve of equipment and materials has been staffed at one hundred percent, availability and readiness of mobile crews and special vehicles has been checked. The power engineers repaired 110 feeding centres of 35-110 kV, 613 transformer substations and more than two thousand kilometres of power lines. They cleared and expanded to standard values more than a thousand hectares of ROWs along power lines. In total more than 200 million rubles were spent on repairs.
More than 700 kilometres of power lines were constructed anew and reconstructed, part of which runs through 30 settlements in the region, particularly in the villages of Nikolskoye of Belgorod district, Rogovatoye, Lapygino, Sorokino of Stary Oskol district, Butovo, Bykovka, Dmitrievka of Yakovlevsky district, Shelaevo of Valuisky district, Belenikhino of Prokhorovsky district, Vyshny Peny, farm of Bubny of Rakityansky district, N. Ukolovo and Urakovo of Krasnensky district, and Veseloye of Krasnogvardeisky district.
In the framework of the internal technical control the specialists checked the power supply circuits, agreed upon and approved schedules of emergency restrictions in electricity consumption, identified and eliminated «bottlenecks» in the grids, which could affect the operation through the autumn-winter period, worked out the internal channels of interaction with the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation in the Belgorod region, BE MES and municipal authorities. A direct channel of communication was set with the MOE at emergency management, all members of the headquarters and supervisors of emergency repair crews are provided with mobile communication, and all first responding crew vehicles with radio communication.
43 first responding mobile crews, eight mobile crews and all maintenance personnel of Belgorodenergo will respond quickly to technological disturbances, provided with the necessary equipment, materials and special vehicles. For the fastest performance of restoration operations an emergency supply of equipment and materials was formed. The power supply in case of power failure for socially important facilities and sparsely populated areas will be provided by 22 independent power supply sources with their capacity of more than 30 kW each.
Interaction with adjacent structures to eliminate the process disruptions in the grid complex operation was worked out during special drills and exercises with the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Belgorod region, Belgorod Transmission Control Centre of JSC «FGC UES» and municipal authorities of the region.
During the preparation a range of additional measures was performed: security of protected power facilities and their protection from intrusion was improved, crews of the branch are equipped with 277 special vehicles, including a tracked mulcher designed for clearing and expansion of ROWs and utilization of forest residues. In case of bad weather conditions, the staff using an automated system for monitoring the environment and 16 weather stations can quickly get information about speed, gusts and direction of wind, ambient air temperature, pressure and humidity, and thus will be able to meet bad weather prepared.
Currently, all organizational and technical measures aimed at improving the reliability of the electric grid complex of Belgorodenergo in the winter have been completed. The Certificate of readiness confirms the commitment of the branch to supply uninterrupted electricity in the region during the period of low temperatures.