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      1. 2.2.1 Network exploitation
      2. 2.2.2 Electricity transmission
      3. 2.2.3 Technological connection
      4. 2.2.4 Development of telecommunications and it systems
      5. 2.2.5 Investments
      6. 2.2.6 Innovations
      7. 2.2.7 Efficacy enhancement

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2.2.7 Efficacy enhancement

Capital construction quality control

In furtherance of the Russian Government Decree(36), with a view to evaluate compliance with project documentation, technical regulations, land plot development plan, site investigation outcomes, the Company supervises construction, reconstruction and refurbishment of capital construction facilities. Coverage of facilities constructed under the investment program with independent construction control totaled 54% in 2018.

Enhancement of energy efficiency

The target indicators, compliant with the OAOOpen Joint-Stock Company IDGCInterregional Distribution Grid Company of Urals Energy-saving and Enhanced Energy Efficiency Program(37), are listed below:

Target and actual values of the target indicators for 2018*

Indicators Measurement units 2018
Target Actual
Electricity losses Million kWhkilowatt-hour 5,192.76 4,856.31
RUBruble million, net of VATvalue-added tax 12,928.00 10,894.30
% of supply 7.91 7.32
In-house load of substations Million kWhkilowatt-hour 84.82 79.56
% of losses 1.63 1.64
Total consumption of energy resources for economic needs of administrative and production buildings, comprising: RUBruble million, net of VATvalue-added tax 337.92 304.37
Thousand tfoe 17.44 17.24
Electricity Million kWhkilowatt-hour 78.89 77.58
Thousand tfoe 9.47 9.31
RUBruble million, net of VATvalue-added tax 257.03 233.65
Million kWh/m2 0.00 0.00
Thermal energy (heating system) GCal thousand 50.11 50.66
Thousand tfoe 7.16 7.24
RUBruble million, net of VATvalue-added tax 76.50 68.01
GCal/m3 0.04 0.04
Natural gas (including liquid gas) Thousand m3 702.53 598.76
Thousand tfoe 0.81 0.69
RUBruble million, net of VATvalue-added tax 4.39 2.72
Total consumption of natural resources for economic needs of administrative and production buildings, comprising: RUBruble million, net of VATvalue-added tax 6.12 3.55
Thousand m3 136.06 118.71
Hot water supply Thousand m3 7.24 8.13
RUBruble million, net of VATvalue-added tax 0.27 0.19
Cold water supply Thousand m3 128.83 110.58
RUBruble million, net of VATvalue-added tax 5.85 3.36
Total fuel consumption by vehicles and machinery, comprising: Thousand liters 11,837.42 12,102.65
Thousand tfoe 13.97 14.28
RUBruble million, net of VATvalue-added tax 380.51 407.12
Gasoline, incl.: Thousand liters 6,192.96 6,324.39
Thousand tfoe 7.01 7.16
RUBruble million, net of VATvalue-added tax 194.38 203.88
Thousand liters /100 kmkilometer 0.02 0.02
Motorized vehicles Thousand liters 5,705.46 5,843.62
Thousand tfoe 6.46 6.62
RUBruble million, net of VATvalue-added tax 179.41 188.26
Thousand liters /100 kmkilometer 0.02 0.02
Special-purpose vehicles Thousand liters 487.50 480.77
Thousand tfoe 0.55 0.54
RUBruble million, net of VATvalue-added tax 14.98 15.63
Thousand liters /100 kmkilometer 0.02 0.03
Thousand liters / motor hour 0.00 0.01
Diesel, incl.: Thousand liters 5,644.46 5,778.26
Thousand tfoe 6.96 7.12
RUBruble million, net of VATvalue-added tax 186.13 203.24
Thousand liters /100 kmkilometer 0.03 0.03
Motorized vehicles Thousand liters 2,224.94 2,178.07
Thousand tfoe 2.74 2.68
RUBruble million, net of VATvalue-added tax 73.03 76.68
Thousand liters /100 kmkilometer 0.03 0.03
Special-purpose vehicles Thousand liters 3,419.52 3,600.19
Thousand tfoe 4.21 4.44
RUBruble million, net of VATvalue-added tax 113.10 126.55
Thousand liters /100 kmkilometer 0.03 0.03
Thousand liters / motor hour 0.01 0.01
Equipment with LEDlight emitting diode energy-saving lighting facilities* % 30.5 20.8
Lighting facilities used, incl.: pcs 75,769 74,700
With energy-saving lamps (net of LEDlight emitting diode lamps) pcs 32,991 36,886
LEDlight emitting diode lamps pcs 23,103 15,556
*No other energy resources were consumed by the Company during the reported period, except for the ones shown above.

Sverdlovenergo’s activity “Autonomous resource of thermal power supply (gas boiler house)”, conducted to optimize heating expenses, was acknowledged as the key target activity of 2018. The annual effect totaled 1.5 thousand GCal, 217.8 tfoe and RUBruble 0.9 million. Itinformation technologies should be noted that registration of the Energetik health resort in fixed assets by our Sverdlovenergo branch had an adverse effect on in-house consumption: the consumption of resources by the facility totaled 0.2 million kWhkilowatt-hour, 1.2 thousand GCal, 2.5 thousand m3. However, by the end of 2018 grown consumption of electricity and cold water was compensated in full through upgrading of lighting system and organizational arrangements.

Consumption of gasoline and diesel increased due to the construction team drills arranged in 3Q and 4Q 2018 in the service areas of PAOPublic Joint-Stock Company IDGCInterregional Distribution Grid Company of North Caucasus (70 motorized and special-purpose vehicles) and Krasnoyarsk branch of PAOPublic Joint-Stock Company IDGCInterregional Distribution Grid Company of Siberia (16 vehicles) as well as in the Chelyabinsk region (100 vehicles), and due to the guaranteed supplier activities in the Sverdlovsk and Chelyabinsk regions. Grown consumption of motor fuel, as a consequence of increased period of use and mileage during the drills, was partly compensated by installation of fuel level sensors and hour meters and changes in the vehicle fleet towards more fuel-efficient models.

To achieve 30% equipment with LEDlight emitting diode energy-saving lighting facilities(38) the Company planned actions related to installation of LEDlight emitting diode lamps. By the end of 2018 these activities were only partially implemented due to the growth of costs in the investment program by 50% on connection and by 110% on other investment projects that included acquisition of motorized and special-purpose vehicles for the guaranteed supplier function and due to a lack of interest from energy service companies in the activities under energy service contracts. Partial performance was financed by own funds and helped increase the share of LEDlight emitting diode lamps from 8.6% in 2017 to 20.8%.

The total effect from the activities under the Energy-saving Program, Program on reduction of losses and other related activities is 28,003.4 tfoe and RUBruble 496.0 million.

Operating efficiency and cost cutting

The Company’s Enhanced Operating Efficiency and Cost Cutting Program for 2018-2022 has been developed in furtherance of the Strategy(1), Russian Government Directive(39) (stipulating min 2% annual cuts of operating expenses), as well as Strategy of Long-term Social and Economic Development of the Urals region.

Key directions of the program that ensure opex reduction:

  1. Intensification of the process liable for control over maintenance and repair of equipment, buildings and facilities, implementation of breakthrough technologies and innovations;
  2. Intensification of control over working capital (optimization of overdue receivables, inventories and current liabilities);
  3. Intensification of control over fixed assets.
  4. Intensification of control over purchases and supply chains (reduction of purchase prices for all types of procurements; minimization of the share of imported equipment and materials; optimization of supply costs with regard to operating and investing activities);
  5. Improvement of organizational and functional structure, optimization of headcount, personnel incentive and remuneration systems;
  6. Enhancement of energy efficiency (reduction of electricity losses, consumption of energy resources for economic needs of administrative and production buildings);
  7. Investment (reduction of per-unit investing costs per 1 kmkilometer, 1 MVA; optimization of transformer load, cost-cutting of privileged connection).

By the year end the Company has achieved the target value of annual reduction of actual per-unit operating expenses.