Almaty launches new power substation: Yessimov18 may 2014, 18:26
Yessentai substation has been put into service in Almaty to spur the city's development. The closed-type 126 MVA power substation is located at Shagabutdinova Street, east of the Yessentai River, Tengrinews reports.
Akim (Mayor) of Almaty Akhmetzhan Yessimov unveiled the new facility at the ceremony on May 16. “Today we have commissioned the Yessentai substation. It is the 29th substation that we have launched over the past several years. 17 of them were completely new closed-type substations with up-to-date foreign-made equipment. Now Almaty is fully provided with energy,” Akhmetzhan Yessimov said.
29 substations were built or reconstructed in Almaty between 2007-2013. The overall power capacity makes 3 thousand MVA. One more Turksib substation will be constructed in the coming 2 years.
The new substation provides electricity to very important facilities: the Presidential Residence, Almaty Akimat (city administration), National Bank of Kazakhstan, Central Stadium, Baluan Sholak Sports Palace, Globus mall and Promenad mall, Rakhat Towers, Intercontinental hotel and Aiser hotel, Satpayev Kazakh National Technical University and Almaty University of Energy and Communications.
In terms of the city's development, Yessentai substation creates new capacities enabling new consumers of electricity to join the network and the existing consumers to increase their consumption, Managing Director for Capital Construction of Alatau Zharyk electric power company Alexander Katz said.
The project cost 2.7 billion tenge ($14.7 million). It was funded from the state budget. The construction largely used services and equipment of domestic producers, which brought the local content to 39%. The substation's lifespan is estimated at 20-25 years.
The substation is equipped with microcomputers that monitor the substation and its networks to prevent interruptions in the supply. The monitoring system tracks all the cable lines, collecting information on temperature on each section of the network and providing early warnings in case of emergence of hot spots or insulation failures to prevent accidents and power outrages in the city.
“Earlier we mostly used air lines. They can be easily examined and a quick external examination is enough to locate a damaged section. However, this technology has a disadvantage, too: airlines require large exclusion areas. Therefore, we are gradually replacing them with cable lines. This requires significant amounts of money, but it is justified, ” Alexander Katz said.
For some time there will a attendant engineer at the substation 24/7, but later it will be managed remotely.
Reporting by Vladimir Prokopenko, writing by Assel Satubaldina, editing by Tatyana Kuzmina