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How Do We Get Electricity?

Posted on November 22, 2012 by team

We are going to visit the United Energy Company of Moscow which controls all the urban electric network and see how electricity comes to houses. The place is located in the eastern part of the city and has been functioning since 2004.

This is their main building. Even in cold months green grass keeps growing here.

The main task of the company is energy transportation and connection of consumers to electric networks.

Entry to the territory is strictly by passes.

That’s a complex gas-insulated switchgear for 220 kV intended for energy distribution from the feeding centers to consumers.

All the equipment is from Germany.


In another hall the equipment is Russian. Three oil transformers serve to reduce the voltage to 20 kV.

The devices work at the operating temperature range which varies – from -45 to +45 C (from -49F to 113F).

It is quite noisy in here.

It’s a firefighting system.

Who knows what is this break stone for?


“Why does you clock always show a quarter to six? – Because it is a manometer.”

Cams are everywhere.

This is an emergency alert siren.

This is a working place of a man on duty.

A working shift lasts for twelve hours, then it is followed by one or two days off.


It is a substation control panel.

It is a call center.


And this is the main room controlling high voltage dispatching service.

Everything is rather neat, even in the server room. This is how it must be.

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13 responses to “How Do We Get Electricity?”

  1. (r)evolutionist says:

    Thank you James Clerk Maxwell.

  2. cyril says:

    “All the equipment is from Germany.”
    You seem proud of it!

    • America says:

      Would you prefer it to have been from China instead? German equipment is good. We’re talking about the reliability of your electric supply. Why risk using Russian equipment?

  3. John says:

    The stone is for oil which can leak from transformer.

  4. Hell maintanner says:

    Everything made in western countries…

  5. Number says:

    The breakstones are for uncomon leakages probably,ey they work there with expensive equipment and high voltage…u know what a leak can do to that….

    • JimBeam says:

      You are right, they are for oil leakage. These transformers contain thousands of liters special mineral oil and according to the regulations, there must be a leakage tank under them, big enough to hold safely all the volume of the oil.

  6. Number says:

    Ow and looking good,it seems like a discharge pipe for steampressure……..

  7. Number says:

    Ionut Paslaru · Owner at DeLogo on facebook coupled matrox cards maybe,probably

  8. Yorkshire says:

    I guess the stones could be part of a vibration dampening system? But that is just a stab in the dark.
    Or the picture was taken outside 🙂

  9. Osip says:

    Stones are placed to reduce earthing (step potential also). They are much more resistive than the concrete.

  10. Mummeli says:

    That’s all lies! Everybody knows that electricity comes from the wall socket, so no need for plants like that. And if you like chicken, one doesnt need to kill one, just go buy one from the supermarket.

    (yup, meant to be spoken like a typical teenager these days) 😉

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