E-Distributie Banat has invested over RON 20 million in 2017, approximately EUR 4.5 million, in modernisation works at the high voltage networks and equipment in the area where the company operates.
According to company representatives, the investments have improved the quality of the electricity distribution services for more than 46,000 consumers.
In 2017, the distribution operator has carried out works for the modernization of two overhead power lines and a 110/20kV primary station, as well as for replacing the high voltage equipment within three primary stations, with the purpose to improve the reliability of the electricity network and the quality of the distribution service.
Within the local investment program, E-Distributie Banat invested RON 7.5 million for modernization works at Teba 110/20 kV primary station. The upgrade included the replacement of the 110 kV primary gear and the secondary circuits with state-of-the-art equipment, providing high quality technical performance and optimised maintenance.
The company also carried out refurbishment works for the 110 kV Hasdat – Hateg and Jimbolia – Carpinis aerial power lines. The investments were aimed at increasing the security in power supply for 36,000 consumers in the mentioned areas. These lines hold strategic importance for the national energy system, as they ensure the power evacuation for the hydro power plants in Hateg area, as well as the cross-border interconnection with Serbia. The route of the line was difficult to access during extreme weather conditions, making it harder for the field teams to intervene in case of emergency.
In order to ensure faster restoration of electricity supply to consumers in the event of a power outage, the distribution company invested approximately RON 7 million in works aimed at replacing insulation, clamps and fittings, conductors, and the installation of ground plugs in the area with high traffic. The works also implied the painting of the pillars, the installation of inscriptions or warning signs and the replacement of the counterweights, the missing or contored elements of the electricity pillars.
E-Distributie Banat has also completed this year a number of works in order to reduce the frequency and the duration of electricity supply interruptions affecting consumers, as well as to increase the level of tension and to ensure the necessary power level for over 10,00 consumers. In this respect, the high voltage transformers in Freidorf and Decebal primary stations have been replaced, the investment reaching 6 million lei.
From an operational perspective, the works contributed also to the increase of the energy efficiency, as well as the reduction of own technological consumption within the stations. Moreover, the modernization also minimizes the negative environmental impact, while significantly contributing to the improvement of the security and protection measures in the installations.
The above-mentioned works are part of a wider investment program carried out by Enel’s distribution companies in Romania, aimed at securing a proper service for end users, allowing remote control and improving the quality and security of the network, while also complying with Enel’s environmental standards.