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Russian grid operator in talks with GE as government targets digital and distributed energy

Federal Grid Company (FGC UES) and GE Grid Solutions are in talks on the development of electrical equipment production in Russia. Meanwhile the country continues to build smarter energy infrastructure in line with government objectives.

Izvestia news site reports that Chairman of the Management Board of FGC UES, Andrey Murov, and Director General of GE Grid Solutions (division of General Electric in USA) in Europe, Russia and CIS, Gerhard Seyrling, held talks on expanding cooperation between the companies and development of innovative electrical equipment production in the Russian Federation.

In particular, they discussed the prospects of localizing the production of specific equipment for substation outdoor switchgears.à‚ 

The agenda also included experience sharing between FGC UES and GE Grid Solutions in terms of design, construction and operation of digital substations with the use of IEC 61850 solutions, optical current and voltage transformers, as well as innovative systems of diagnostics and assessment of substation equipment technical position.à‚ 
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Federal Grid Company is the operator and manager of Russia’s unified electricity transmission grid system, including high voltage transmission lines, and holds the status of a natural monopoly. The Company’s assets include more than 139,000 KM of transmission lines with capacity up to 1,150 kV (PTL) and 931 substations with more than 334 GVA. Based on the length of transmission lines and installed transformer capacity, Federal Grid is the largest publicly traded electricity transmission company in the world.

Meanwhile, as part of the implementation of the Russian government’s Digital Economy state program, all Russian state companies and corporations will appoint senior executive officers who will address digital transformation issues. Implementation of big data systems, blockchain technologies, artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual-reality technology and Internet of things will fall within the competence of new top managers.

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin put digital economy on the list of main goals of the country’s strategic development until 2025, as mentioned during the Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly this year.

In that address, Putin specifically referred to changes in approach to power generation, stating, ‘”we must introduce new technologies forà‚ theà‚ generation, storage andà‚ relay ofà‚ energy. Inà‚ theà‚ next six years, we plan toà‚ attract some 1.5 trillion rubles inà‚ private investment forà‚ modernising our power generation sector. All power systems throughout theà‚ country must convert toà‚ digital technology. We must use theà‚ so-called distributed generation method toà‚ supply electricity toà‚ remote areas.”