Argentina: Edesur completes upgrade to Buenos Aires energy network


In Argentina, utility company, Edesur, has invested 133 million pesos ($7.54 million) to modernise its energy infrastructure and improve customer services.

Edusur has completed upgrading its Quilmes substation in the province of Buenos Aires. The upgrades made have increased the energy capacity of the substation to 160MVA from 120MVA.

The utility installed a new 40MVA transformer, six feeder cables and laid 35 kilometres of energy distribution lines.

The project will improve services to 130 million consumers in Quilmes, San Francisco Solano, Bernal, Ezpeleta, Plátanos, Florencio Varela and Berazategui towns.

The development is part of a project launched in 2016 in which Edesur has set a budget of 2,700 million pesos ($153 million) to upgrade its grid in line to international standards and utilising new technologies.

Digital transformation

Meanwhile, Edesur has launched a pilot in which 5,000 smart meters will be installed for residential customers in Buenos Aires.

The pilot will be conducted over a period of six months through to mid-2018. The use of the smart meters will help to reduce billing errors and in adopting digital technologies and services.

The results of the pilot will be filed with the country’s energy regulator ENRE to allow a mass rollout to 3 million consumers as from the end of 2018.

Mr Alessio Montone, head of global smart meter solutions at Enel, owners of Edesur, said that smart meters have helped reduce operating costs by 40% in Italy.

The news follows Enel budgeting $1.350 million to improve its energy distribution and generation in Argentina over the next three years.

Enel has also signed an agreement with Renault to distribute electric vehicles in Argentina as from 2018. In late October, the multinational energy company acquired California-based eMotorWerks, a North American supplier of EV charging stations called JuiceBox.

Francesco Venturini, Head of Enel’s Global e-Solutions division, said: “The electric mobility revolution is leading utilities, grid operators, and consumers to rethink traditional business models, invest in new infrastructure, and roll out new solutions to provide flexibility and resiliency to the grid.” Read more…