On June 26, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved the order to attract a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in the amount of 149 million euros for the implementation of the project “Ukrenergo Transmission Network Modernisation”.
The project envisages procurement and replacement of 26 units of transformer equipment, as well as the reconstruction of 12 substations in the Zakhidna, Pivnichna, Tsentralna and Pivdenna power systems, and introduction of an automated process control system (APCS) at substations.
Substations to be reconstructed include SS 750 kV Zakhidnoukrainska, SS 400 kV Mukacheve, SS 330 kV Yavoriv, SS 330 kV Lviv pivdenna, SS 330 kV Novovolynsk, SS 330 kV Hrabiv, SS 750 kV Donbaska, SS 330 kV Myrhorod, SS 330 kV Kupiansk, SS 330 kV Mykolaivska, SS 330 kV Trykhaty, SS 330 kV Lisova.
Replacement of power equipment with simultaneous switching to modern circuitry of switchgears and installation of APCS will significantly increase the efficiency and reliability of electricity transmission, allow the management of substation equipment remotely, without the need for presence of operational personnel onsite. Estimated completion date of the project is 2024. Currently, Tetra Tech and AF-Mercados EMI, international advisers engaged by USAID and EBRD, have developed a feasibility study for the bank.
This project is a component of the Ukrenergo’s Integrated Substations Automation Programme of of, approved by the company in January 2018.
Substation automation is the necessary technical basis for introducing smart grid technologies under the Second Power Transmission Project (PTP-2), implemented by Ukrenergo jointly with the World Bank.