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Power engineers of IDGC of Centre strengthened control over power facilities due to worsening weather conditions

29 May 2014

During the past day in several subjects of the Central Federal District of the service area of IDGC of Centre, the weather deteriorated sharply. Strong thunderstorms passed in the Tver, Orel, Bryansk regions, and it hailed in the Smolensk region.

According to the Hydrometeorological Centre, the probability of rain and thunderstorms in these regions in the coming days remains high. In this regard, specialists of working there branches of IDGC of Centre implemented a set of measures needed to ensure reliable and uninterrupted power supply to consumers, to eliminate possible contingencies in the shortest time.

Power engineers are continuously gathering evidence of meteorological data in the vicinity of the major power centres. More frequent control of work equipment of all substations was organized. To ensure the reliability of power supply and prevent abnormal situations the branches set the around the clock duty of repair crews, which, if necessary immediately will begin first responding and restoration operations. In case of major technological failures of electricity supply to consumers connected to the deteriorating weather, there is a possibility of increasing the number of operating personnel, who may be involved in operations and repair work, and specialized vehicles. Backup power supplies were tested and prepared for work.

Particular attention is paid to safety. In all structural units of the branches additional briefings on fault location on high voltage power lines, as well as actions taken by staff during lightning, were conducted with the operational and maintenance staff.

IDGC of Centre’s specialists are in constant interaction with territorial offices of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations, local authorities, other territorial power grid companies.

Specialists of Yaroslavl branch of IDGC of Centre also strengthened control over the work of power facilities: according to forecasters, in the east of the Yaroslavl region, starting from May 29, today, high, sometimes extreme fire risk is expected.

Specialists of the branch are constantly monitoring the serviceability of the cooling systems of transformers and oil-filled equipment, compliance of power facilities and near them with fire safety regulations. At fire dangerous sections extraordinary inspections of power lines are performed. If necessary, work of first responding and repair crews will have organizational changes made to prevent staff injuries in the hot season and to ensure normal working conditions with increasing ambient temperature.

For the purpose of informing the public about outages occurred in electrical networks and in the course of first responding and restoration operations IDGC of Centre operates the around the clock hotline — 8800 50 50 115. The call is toll-free.

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