Sochi power on track

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Construction of the 110–kV 'Veseloye' substation has been launched in Sochi. This energy facility will supply with electricity the main Olympic media centre, hotel complexes for the participants and guests of the 2014 Winter Olympics, as well as social infrastructure of the Nekrasovskoye village, eight terminals of the Sochi seaport, the Olympstroi state corporation told press agency Itar–Tass.

The planning and earthwork has been started at the area of 0. 44 hectares near the Adler resort that has been allotted for the new substation. The control room will be built, a 110–kV gas–insulated switchgear, two power transformers with a capacity of 80 MVA will be installed here, as well as the cabinets of relay protection and emergency control automatic devices. In addition, cells to connect the power transmission lines will be assembled. The 110 kV " Veseloye" substation will be supplied with power from the 220–kV Psou substation and the Adler CHP station. The commissioning of the new power facility is planned for 2012. The company responsible for it is Federal Grid Company of Unified Energy System (FGC UES). A five year strategy for increasing power supply in the Sochi region was presented by Russian energy experts during a seminar on 29 May 2009, held by the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee, and attended by International Olympic Committee (IOC) experts and officials from the Russian Ministry of Regional Development, the Russian Ministry of Energy, the State Corporation Olympstroi and the Krasnodar Krai administration. The event was a part of the Olympic Games Knowledge Management (OGKM) program by the IOC. According to the strategy, the capacity of the regional energy network will increase by two and a half times by 2014, guaranteeing stable power supply during and after the Games. Power demand of Sochi in the end of May 2009 was 424 MW. Power demand of the Olympic infrastructure is expected to be about 340 MW. Poselkovaya electrical substation became operational in early 2009. Sochi thermal power station is being reconstructed (expected power output is 160 MW). Laura and Rosa Khutor electrical substations were completed in November 2010. Mzymta electrical substation was completed in March 2011. Krasnopolyanskaya hydroelectric power station was completed in 2010.

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