AR 2014


Information technologies at IDGC of Centre are developed in accordance with the Information Technology, Automation, and Telecommunications Strategy through 2016 (hereinafter referred to as the ITT Strategy) as adopted by the Board of Directors of the Company in 2012 (Minutes of 13.06.2015 No. 15/12).

In 2014, the ITT Strategy was amended with a roadmap update (Minutes of the meeting of the Board of Directors of 28.11.2014 No. 26/14). The new roadmap defines priority projects and project initiatives in the main fields, including business applications, technology systems, infrastructure, safety and security, telecommunications, and communications.

Business applications and business process automation

A system entitled Accounting of Protocols of Unaccounted Consumption was put into industrial operation, which provides automated support for maintaining protocols of unaccounted consumption and calculation of the amounts of unaccounted and no-contract consumption according to protocols.

A system entitled Implementation of Extra Services was put into industrial operation, which enabled automated calculation of the price of extra service contracts, the issue of printable versions of contracts, and optimisation of planning processes and labour cost distribution for extra services provided.

A project of the Company’s corporate portal was implemented, which is a tool comprising over 30 services for enhancing the information cooperation of the Company’s employees, efficient communications, and development of unified personified points of access to corporate data and business applications at the Company.

A project of development of a united catalogue of ITT services was completed. The project included development of an approach to specifying and naming ITT services, defining the target structure of the catalogue and target list of the ITT services, development of a service card template, and formalisation of the process of management of the ITT service catalogue.

A project entitled Implementation of a Central Regulatory and Reference Data Management System was completed, which was implemented in order to make a basis for development and implementation of unified standards of procurement and control of process equipment, raising the efficiency of the material flow processes, repair quality, and quality of the technical condition of the equipment, coordination of all the material and technical support services of the Company, and optimisation of costs of procurement for repair and operation needs.

Corporate and infrastructure services and systems

The process of appointments at consumer service centres was automated in the framework of the Contract Centre Portal at the corporate portal platform.

An automated system entitled Analysis and Collection of Beneficiary Data was implemented.

The reference base of material and technical resources (over 120,000 entries) was normalised with double, incorrect, and incomplete entries removed, with data in the base unified, and materials classified.

The Autotracker navigation system was integrated with the automated vehicle management system.

The hardware part of the virtual platform was modernised.

A new system for preventing unwanted mail was implemented.

A mail system update project was launched based on Microsoft Exchange up to the latest version of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013.

A general update of the software versions in use was completed.

Automated process control systems and real-time process control

In 2014, the efforts of IDGC of Centre in the field of development of automated process control systems targeted implementation of programmes of modernisation and extension of data collection and transfer systems, programmes for raising the observability and controllability of distribution grid facilities, and implementation of a system for distribution and outage management (hereinafter referred to as OMS/DMS) at 10 branches of the Company.

In 2014, within the framework of raising the efficiency of emergency and restoration opportunities at equipment of systems of dispatching and process control and IT, a project was organised for equipping remote and primarily hard-to-reach properties (a total of 1,489 properties) with remote control devices that enable bringing equipment back into service without sending service staff.

In 2014, 27 substations of 110 kV and 6 substations of 35 kV were remotely controlled.

In 2015, the Company is planning to implement teleautomation systems at 16 110-kV substations and five 35-kV substations and a dispatching control system at one district dispatching point of regional power systems.

Telecommunications development

A System Project of the Communications Networks of IDGC of Centre was developed and adopted pursuant to a resolution of the Board of Directors of IDGC of Centre. It contains standard technical solutions for telecommunications, target architectures of communication networks and their individual elements, and plans of communication network development through 2019.

During 2014, the Company continued to build and equip its branches with fibre optic telecommunication lines (hereinafter referred to as FOTL), which enable process data transfer at all decision making levels and fulfilment of obligations under the Data Collection and Transfer System programme (hereinafter referred to as DCTS), which have been undertaken by the Operations and Dispatching Administration of Centre (hereinafter referred to as ODA of Centre). This technology is used for arranging basic communication channels for telemetric data transfer and voice communications between the substations and dispatching services of the grid control centres of the Company and of ODA of Centre, which is necessary for managing regimes of the United Energy System.

Types of FOTL at the branches of IDGC of Centre

Amount and length of completed FOTL:

  • funded with investments of the Company, 334 pcs (3,492.3 km);
  • funded by investors, 120 pcs (2,138.9 km).

Correlation of FOTL build at the expense of investor transferred to the ownership:

  • property of the branches, 22.6%;
  • property of the investors, 77.4%.

In the framework of the implementation of the DCTS programme, the equipment of branches was as follows:

  • Smolenskenergo, 5 properties;
  • Kostromaenergo, 3 properties;
  • Kurskenergo, 1 property;
  • Tverenergo, 1 property.

The total number of radio stations at the branches of IDGC of Centre was as follows:

  • portable by vehicle, 40.3% (2,777 pcs);
  • fixed, 34.4% (2,373 pcs);
  • portable by hand, 25.3% (1,745 pcs).

Automated systems for commercial metering of electricity (AMR)

In the framework of implementation of the programme of prospective development of electricity metering systems (PPDEAS) in 2014, eight branches (Belgorodenergo, Voronezhenergo, Kurskenergo, Kostromaenergo, Orelenergo, Lipetskenergo, Tambovenergo, Yarenergo) are currently completing start-up and commissioning operations in organisation of data receipt from meters at the Company properties to the installed Enforce software. When this work is completed in late 2015, it is expected that data transfer from over 50,000 meters.

Two pilot projects based on top-level AMR software, Telescope+ and Pyramid 2000, were implemented at the premises of the Smolenskenergo branch. The main objectives of these two projects was surveying equipment by Echelon Corporation and finding the possibility of using this software as target software at IDGC of Centre.

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