Austrian grid operator modernises energy delivery infrastructure


In a combined statement, Poyry said it was selected by Austrian Power Grid to upgrade its grid system by reconstructing and modernising the company’s existing substation in Ernsthofen.

The deal includes the replacement of 110KV switchgear and related components. Pöyry will be responsible for the provision of the equipment and for the management of the project.

The programme will be implemented in phases and is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

The modernisation of the substation is expected to help improve the delivery of energy to consumers connected to energy distribution networks owned by Netz Niederösterreich GmbH and Energie AG Oberösterreich.

The project will also help improve the operations of hydropower plants operator Ennskraft AG and enable a reliable supply of electricity to an industrial settlement in Greater Linz.

Frank Jarosch,  the head of transmission and distribution at Poyry, commented: “Upgraded grid infrastructures are instrumental in adopting the future generation mix and to guarantee reliable power supply to all clients.”

Grid system upgrades

As grid system upgrades intensify in Austria with the installation of smart grid technologies and equipments, energy providers are also prioritising the security of their infrastructure and operational data from cyber-attacks.

In mid-March, electricity distribution company Kärnten Netz GmbH announced that it procured 300,000 smart meters using European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS)-authored requirements.

The utility sought to enable a smoother process and ensure the best possible cybersecurity regarding its deployment of smart meters.  According to a release, the positive experiences during the project with ENCS, has resulted in the decision by parent company of Kärnten Netz GmbH, KELAG, to join ENCS as its newest member.

European legislation is cited as the primary driver for the deployment. A key feature of these new advanced devices is the ability, to record energy consumption every 15 minutes and to transmit data to a central system to process and display it to the customer. Read more…