Electrica invests EUR 715 M in improving electricity transmission grid

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Electrica, the electricity distribution and supply company, plans to invest over EUR 715 M by the end of 2018. According to company representatives, the investment plan for 2015, approved by the Regulatory Authority for Energy (ANRE), stipulates investments of over EUR 121 M in the transmission grid, its transmission grid investments growing by 21 per cent year-on-year in the first 6 months of this year. The total investments approved for this year stand at EUR 194 M.
By 2018 Electrica seeks to upgrade 3,000 kilometres of transmission lines and 2,400 transformer points to the 20-kV voltage and to rehabilitate over 1,000 electric station cells.
During the current regulation period (2014-2018), the plan is to replace over 6,000 medium-voltage transformers with efficient transformers and to replace 80 110-kV transformers with efficient transformers with voltage ranging from 10 to 40 MVA.
The rehabilitation of 4,000 kilometres of low-voltage lines is planned for the next three years.
Likewise, Electrica plans to decentralize its low-voltage transmission grid by laying 800 kilometres of new medium-voltage lines and over 4,000 small transformer points (10-40 kVA), introducing over 500,000 smart meters and integrating them in telemanagement systems by 2018.
The completion of the implementation of an integrated asset management system is planned by the end of 2018 too, by integrating 437 substations, 26,000 transformer points, over 50,000 kilometres of medium- and high-voltage lines and over 85,000 kilometres of low-voltage lines.
Electrica is the leader of the electricity distribution and supply market in Romania, as well as one of the most important players in the energy services sector. Its top position is backed by its economic results but also by an experience of almost 120 years in this domain. Electrica has nationwide coverage, its electricity distribution segment consisting of three regional branches: Transylvania North, Transylvania South and Muntenia North. Its electricity supply and maintenance services are also available nationwide.