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    Endesa to invest €994 million in Catalonia over next three years to strengthen electricity grid and facilitate energy transition


    September 23, 2022 - Contify Energy News

     

      Over the next three years 2023-25, Endesa will invest close to 994 million euros to make Catalonia's electricity grid more intelligent and digital, to continue improving the quality of service received by the Company's 4.4 million customers in the territory (that is, with a contract for access to energy infrastructure), but, above all, in order to facilitate the energy transition and deploy renewable energies . The investments, worked on jointly and approved by the Government of Catalonia, add to the 263.7 million euros that the Company is already allocating this year to the distribution network within the framework of the current three-year period (2021-23).

      Original Press Release:

      Sept. 22 -- Endesa Energy issued the following news release:

      - The company plans nearly 1,300 projects throughout the territory that will make the electricity grid more intelligent and digital, improve customer service and enable the deployment of renewable energies .

      - One of the main lines of action for the 2023-2025 triennium focuses on the digitization of infrastructures , which will become the great facilitators of the decarbonization process.

      - The new Investment Plan places special emphasis on low voltage, to which approximately 189.3 million euros will be allocated.

      - The actions that will be carried out will generate more than 2,900 additional jobs in the territory.

      Over the next three years 2023-25, Endesa will invest close to 994 million euros to make Catalonia's electricity grid more intelligent and digital, to continue improving the quality of service received by the Company's 4.4 million customers in the territory (that is, with a contract for access to energy infrastructure), but, above all, in order to facilitate the energy transition and deploy renewable energies . The investments, worked on jointly and approved by the Government of Catalonia, add to the 263.7 million euros that the Company is already allocating this year to the distribution network within the framework of the current three-year period (2021-23).

      In this sense, Endesa, through its distribution subsidiary, e-distribución, plans to carry out nearly 1,300 projects throughout Catalonia, which will be aimed at improving the digitization, reliability, resilience, flexibility and efficiency of the extensive Endesa's distribution network in Catalonia , which represents 39% of the power of the entire Company in the state and has, among other things, 45,669 transformation centers, 208 substations, 126 distribution centers and 98,910 kilometers of power lines ( low, medium and high voltage) distributed among the four demarcations.

      The actions will focus mainly on all those axes that allow the network to continue to be digitized , guarantee its robustness and resilience, facilitate access to renewables, improve the quality and continuity of supply – minimizing service interruptions as far as possible. and preparing the infrastructures for the increase in demand as a result of electrification (which is expected to increase by about 7,500 MWh within three years)

      This planning has been carried out after having listened to the territory, with which its most immediate requirements have been prioritized, being aware of the essential role that the distribution network has on people's quality of life, since it is what allows that electricity reaches homes, industries and services, connecting transport networks and generation plants with consumption points.

      Specifically, Endesa plans to act directly on more than 11,100 kilometers of high, medium and low voltage lines, and the investment effort in low voltage stands out , which stands at almost 189.3 million euros. Thus, the Company foresees improvements in more than 4,700 kilometers of low-voltage cabling between 2023 and 2025.

      To carry out all these actions, it is expected to generate more than 2,900 jobs -both direct and indirect, at a rate of about 960 jobs per year.

      Digitization: transversal and future focus

      The transformation of distribution networks plays a key role in ensuring the integration of renewable energies, the development of technologies that facilitate distributed energy and the massive deployment of electric vehicles . And it is that the distribution network as we know it, will mutate towards active and participatory networks , in which the client will be the center of the electrical system and the quality of the service that he receives will be improved. That is why Endesa places digitization as the central axis of all this change, since electrical infrastructures will become the real facilitators of the energy transition process in which it is already immersed.

      Apart from achieving the decarbonisation and electrification of the economy, the electricity grid also faces a major challenge: resilience . In this sense, research into innovation and the application of new technologies are key to being prepared for extreme weather events that affect the quality of supply, one of the consequences of climate change.

      By way of example, one of the tools that digitization provides to improve and reinforce the quality of supply is the process of automating the network and the installation of remote controls, which reduce the time it takes to restore the electrical service in the event of an incident, by making it possible to carry out remote maneuvers to carry out the first operations and thus shorten the supply replacement period by up to 20%.

      In the 2023-2025 period, Endesa plans to install nearly 15,000 remote controls throughout Catalonia, so that within three years the figure of 33,000 will be exceeded and the deployment begun in recent years will continue. In addition, new line switches will be installed that act automatically in the event of incidents in the network, in order to isolate the damaged sections and restore supply in the shortest possible time.

      Another of the key elements in this transformation is also the sensorization of the transformation centers, which consists of monitoring the status of the transformers and the low-voltage networks, so that the evolution of parameters such as voltages can be observed and analyzed. and temperatures in order to control its correct operation and achieve preventive and predictive digital management of these assets. This initiative, which began to be deployed in 2018, has progressively increased and during the next three years Endesa plans to install around 27,800, distributed throughout all the Catalan counties , until reaching 50,200 approximately in 2025 .

      Digitization, therefore, extends throughout the infrastructure of the distribution network, from its systems and processes to the customer service channels. With its use, the focus is on improving the quality of supply to customers, so as to reduce supply interruptions and response times in the event of incidents, whether internal or derived from external agents.

      In addition, the potential of big data and artificial intelligence is also used to improve operations in a decision-making process that is increasingly based on data. Among the ongoing projects, the Network Digital Twin stands out , the digital twin of the network, an exact replica of the assets with which simulations can be carried out in all possible conditions. This digital twin opens the door to data-driven network management, real-time monitoring of component performance, preventive maintenance, and more efficient interaction with field staff.

      About Endesa

      Endesa is the leading electricity company in Spain and the second in Portugal. It is also the second gas operator in the Spanish market. It develops an integrated business of generation, distribution and marketing, and also offers, through? Endesa X , value-added services aimed at the electrification of energy uses in homes, companies, industries and Public Administrations. In addition, the new line of business, Endesa X Way , dedicated entirely to electric mobility, has been created. Endesa is firmly committed to the United Nations SDGs and, as such, decisively promotes the development of renewable energies through Enel Green Power Spain, the digitization of networks through e-distribution, and Corporate Social Responsibility. In this last area we also act from the Endesa Foundation. Our human team totals around 9,260 employees. Endesa is part of Enel, the largest electricity group in Europe.

      Disclaimer: The Above Content is Auto-Translated

      Source: Endesa Energy

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