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.