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Vice Governor of St. Petersburg Sergey Dregval Visits RIEF Exhibition display

On April 26, the 10th Russian International Energy Forum opened at EXPOFORUM. The delegation of St. Petersburg Government, headed by the Vice Governor Sergey Dregval, studied the power industry innovations in the Northern Capital.

Ivan Boltenkov, general director of State Unitary Enterprise TEK SPb, personally introduced the vice governor to Ortomat-MTC – technologies of acoustic sensors which can detect pipeline defects at an early stage by measuring the noise level. “Over the two years of use, such devices have helped prevent 129 emergency situations and replace more than 400 meters of worn-out pipe in due time. 646 innovative devices are currently functioning in the city to monitor more than 100 km of pipelines in the area of enterprises. This year we plan to install 1,200 more of such sensors to constantly monitor about 330 kilometers of networks, or almost 10 % of the total length of pipelines in the company area,” he said.

The company’s stand also showcased a system for wireless remote dispatching of networks. An innovative sensor is placed in thermal chambers and informs about an increase in temperature or waterlogging.

Ivan Boltenkov also spoke about the possibility of using VR technology to train young specialists. He suggested a virtual tour of the largest boiler plant of the Fuel and Energy Sector – Parnas-4. The goggles provided a view of the control center, all parameters of the boiler room, current faults, etc.

“Our processes must be invisible. If you don't hear from us, it means that everything is working well,” General Director of TEK SPb concluded.

Representative of State Unitary Enterprise “Vodokanal of St. Petersburg” (St. Petersburg Water Utility Company) reported success in reducing energy costs. Over the past 5 years, energy consumption has been reduced by 16.4 million kWh or 5,645.6 tons of fuel due to the replacement of lighting. Currently, use of LED lights accounts for 83 % of the total lighting.

Now SUE “Vodokanal of St. Petersburg” is reconstructing the Primorskaya water pumping station which was put into operation in 1974. The project involves replacement of process and electric power equipment, as well as utility networks. At present, the company's specialists have assembled and put into operation 4 of 5 pumping units with a capacity of up to 4,000 cubic meters of water per hour. The works are scheduled for completion in autumn 2022.

Vladimir Reznichenko, Director of “Lensvet” St. Petersburg State Unitary Enterprise, reported progress in development of the Northern Capital street lighting system, achievements in energy saving, use of equipment with Russian origin, and introduction of modern technology.

The exhibition stand of the organization showcased an individual approach to the selection of lamps in the course of arrangement of lighting in gardens and parks, and demonstrated an example of a LED lighting fixture for street and highway lighting.

The employees of Peterburggaz (municipal gas distributing organization) presented mobile laboratories for gas leak detection, discussed the use of new design and technical solutions to improve performance and reduce labor costs, and software that helps send real time data of detected leaks to the remote control panel of the emergency dispatching service of the company. By the way, passenger cars run on liquefied natural gas, and the Lada Largus presented at the exhibition is a fully import-substituted model.

Rosseti Lenenergo PJSC demonstrated the company's training center. It is fitted with modern equipment that enables training, retraining, and advanced training in all specialties of the electric grid industry. Employees of the company presented a virtual simulator: it uses VR technology to deliver continuous remote learning courses for students and specialists improving their qualifications.

After the official tour of the exhibition, Sergey Dregval took part in the opening of RIEF plenary session “Russian Electrical Power Industry: New Technological Challenges and Growth Points”. 

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