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Enel inaugurates ‘Telecontrol Operative Center,’ an EUR 90 M investment

By Serban Georgescu

Enel Muntenia yesterday inaugurated in Bucharest the ‘Telecontrol Operative Center,’ an investment worth EUR 90 M which allows company technicians to remotely control the supplying of power to areas where malfunctions are reported, thus minimising the number of consumers affected by power outages and shortening repair times.

“We bring this state-of-the-art technology to Romania in order to take our services to the highest standards of the group. The system is already operational in 14 substations of Bucharest, Ilfov and Giurgiu. Some 19 more substations are about to get the system operational and, by 2013, we will be able to control via this system a total of 50 power substations. Today, we are launching the first phase of an investment programme that will reshape the network we operate in the coming years, bringing permanent improvements to the services we provide,” said Luca d’Agnese, country manager Enel Romania.

The company has invested EUR 90 M so far to update its system in Muntenia. The money was used for complex operations aimed at modernising, replacing and installing various components of the high and medium voltage grids, and of substations, as well as updating the IT and security infrastructure. The new Telecontrol center will employ only Romanian specialists that underwent special training courses in Italy, for 6-7 months.

“We will continue to invest in setting up Telecontrol centers, as part of our investment plan for Romania, which provides for a total of EUR 800 M by 2015,” Luca d’Agnese explained.

The Telecontrol system has already been made operational in Banat and Dobrogea, where Enel is present since 2005. In these regions, the average duration of power outages per consumer per year has decreased by more than 50 pc since 2007, according to company data.

Enel Romania is the biggest private investor in the Romanian energy sector, with 4,700 employees and 2.6 million customers in the three major regions of the country: Muntenia Sud (Bucharest included), Banat and Dobrogea, accounting for one third of the local distribution market. According to company data, Enel invested EUR 1.8 bln in Romania so far, and continues to invest in improving the quality of its services, modernising its grid and implementing environment standards.

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