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Mission and strategic goals

Mission: utmost reliability and accessibility of distributive grid infrastructure for consumers.

The Company’s strategy comes in line with the long-term goals stipulated by the Russian Grids Progress Strategy (approved by the Government Act #511-r dd. 03.04.2013).

Our Strategic priorities are:

  1. Increased reliability and quality of energy supply to meet the demand of our consumers.
  2. Increased supply safety (reduction of overall accidents ended up in injuries, etc.).
  3. Increased efficiency of grid operations.
  4. 50% reduction of regional grid companies by 2017 (compared to 2012) and another 50% reduction by 2030 (compared to 2017).

Our strategic goals are:

1
Improved quality and reliability of services to end-users.
2
Increased energy efficiency (energy-saving and loss reduction).
3
Upgraded Company’s grids (innovations).

To improve quality and reliability of services rendered to end-users the Company undertakes the following activities:

  • Customer Relations Build-up

    During the reported period we kept on adhering to a client-oriented approach and improvement of regulatory documentation and public control. We have achieved approved quality targets and arranged the functioning of consumer councils in branches. We also opened 3 new consumer service centers and 1 new customer center. The Company intends to implement its Easy-Inftrastructure-Access roadmap, approved by Government Act #1144-r dd. 30.06.2012.

  • Asset Consolidation

    During 2014 our objective regarding asset consolidation was to obtain grid facilities with minimal financing due to temporal restrictions for monetary acquisition and investment cuts. Rent, consolidation of ownerless facilities, compensation-free transfer (granting) of facilities by natural persons, acquisition of grid assets as connection fees and acquisition of grid assets as receivables payment under maintenance contracts are acknowledged as prioritized.

    During the reported period IDGCInterregional Distributive Grid Company of Urals has consolidated 4,479 conventional units of equipment (157 km of power lines, 919 MVAMegavolt ampere of transformers and substations).

  • Implementation of Asset Management Program

    In 2014 we built up tools calculating a status and failure aftermath index (SFAI). Once implemented, our production programs will be prepared automatically via SFAI-based prioritized lists. We were also involved in:

    • Implementation of Diagnostics+ software package to report all activities related to runtime parameter examination, measurement and checking;
    • Planning of maintenance, repair and overhaul and presenting actual expenses in SAP MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul);
    • Build-up of Krona software package to present network topology, its data assignment and synchronization with SAP MRO;
    • Data assignment and synchronization between SAP MRO and Diagnostics+;
    • Drawing up of SAP MRO process maps (instructions). 2015 MRO processes were scheduled with the maps;
    • Build up of tools for data transmission between Dispatcher Log and Accident software package.

The PAMS implementation is scheduled for 2015-2016.

 

To increase energy efficiency of its operations the Company implements the Energy-saving and Increased Efficiency Program (approved by the Board of Directors on 06.12.2013) that stipulates target and companion subprograms - loss reduction during transmission and distribution and consumption reduction by Company’s facilities. All measures stipulated by the program, in their turn, are divided into organizational and technical. Target subprograms include measures implemented to ensure energy and water consumption reduction by no less than 15% of overall annual consumption, pay-back period for 80% of investments totaling 5 years for energy and water consumption for production and economic needs and pay-back period not exceeding 10 years for measures implemented to ensure loss reduction during transmission and distribution. Companion subprograms include measures with positive energy efficiency that do not comply with target-program relevancy criteria.

The target effect for the program for 2014 was 151.08 mnMillion kWhKilowatt/hour and RURRussian ruble 375.27 mnMillion in natural and monetary terms. As of 2014 the actual effect totaled 188.11 mnMillion kWhKilowatt/hour and RURRussian ruble 438.48 mnMillion, far beyond the targets. The effect from measures retaining losses at existing level totaled 31.99 mnMillion kWhKilowatt/hour and RURRussian ruble 80.9 mnMillion. Expenses incurred to implement the measures totaled RURRussian ruble 732.08 mnMillion. The program was financed by the investment and repair programs (RURRussian ruble 669.07 mnMillion and RURRussian ruble 63.01 mnMillion respectively).

Technological effect from target loss-reducing measures totaled 109.21 mnMillion kWhKilowatt/hour and RURRussian ruble 262.65 mnMillion. Key target measures are: hermetization of buildings (replacement of window and entrance units, installation of air curtains), replacement of incandescent lamps for energy-saving or LED lamps, replacement of DRL-250 type lamps for energy-saving lamps of similar type, repair of heating system: replacement of electric boilers for induction boilers. The effect from target measures reducing consumption for economic needs totaled 73 t.o.e. and RURRussian ruble 0.99 mnMillion (targets - 83 t.o.e and RURRussian ruble 1.05 mnMillion.).

To identify energy-saving potential during the year we audited our energy management system to see whether it complies with requirements set forth by ISO 50001:2011, State Standard R ISO 50001-2012. Professionals from Urals Interregional Certifying Center arranged training and consultations on the build-up and implementation of energy management system in compliance with requirements set forth by ISO 50001:2011, State Standard R ISO 50001-2012.

Our innovative development program focuses on the upgrade and renovation of the Company’s power grids. The key goal of the program is to improve economic and energy efficiency of operations by innovations and to create modern high-end grids meeting global standards. Key directions of innovative development are:

  • innovative technologies and components of intellectual distributive grids;
  • innovative systems and tools for measurement, communications and control;
  • improvement of energy efficiency, ecological properties and productivity of operations;
  • outlining and promotion of new services for customers;
  • innovations in business processes and control procedures.

The target financing of the program for 2014 was RURRussian ruble 1,173.5 mnMillion, actual financing totaled RURRussian ruble 62.7 mnMillion. due to tariff financing restrictions.

The most important innovation projects (besides asset management program) are:

  1. Implementation of innovative equipment and technologies

    During 2014 we upgraded relay protection and automatic (RPA) equipment on 58 110-kVKilovolt power lines and 114 110-kVKilovolt substations and acquired non-destructive testing equipment for RPA maintenance. We also replace open wires for self-supporting insulated wires during reconstructions and mount intellectual metering devices and energy-saving lighting and heating systems. Besides, in 2014 we started implementing our Energy Management System.

  2. Implementation of R&D program

    Our R&D program stipulates engineering of cutting-edge technologies focusing on the creation of completely new developments, technologies, methods as well as applicative researches focusing on the improvement of existing technologies. In 2014 South Urals State University (domestic research university) produced a research related to asymmetrical operation modes of 380-V power lines and identification of equipment parameters used for their detection with a view to secure operations of 0.38-kVKilovolt power lines via detection of one-phase short circuits and phase/neutral wire breaks and timely localization. The research included the development of methods and recommendations for the installation of current protection devices for 380-V power lines as well as additional functions for metering devices related to detection of phase/neutral wire breaks of 380-V power lines to ensure safe operations of lines.

    In 2015 we intend to accomplish a project related to the development and implementation of autonomous energy supply systems to improve quality and reliability of energy supply to remote consumers demanding up to 100 kW. Thus, in 2015 the key directions will be efficient exploitation and upgrade of the Company’s grids as well as energy efficiency increase.

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