Kefalonia included in a project to underground vulnerable parts of the electrical distribution networks

The undergrounding and reorganization of the electricity network, which will begin in the coming months and in any case by May at the latest, is one of the first projects to be done with money from the Recovery Fund.

The ongoing bad weather under the name “Diomidis” reminds us that climate change is present at all times of the year and brings with it problems of all kinds that need to be addressed. In this context, the government is immediately launching  a new, large project for the undergrounding and upgrading of the  electricity distribution network  both  in urban areas for protection against violent weather events and  in forests to prevent forest fires , with a total initial budget of 100 million. euro.

The project was announced last year by Kyriakos Mitsotakis himself on the occasion of the intense bad weather of February, when the northern suburbs of Athens were left without electricity for many days.

The undergrounding and reorganization of the electricity network,  which will begin in the coming months and in any case by May at the latest, is one of the first projects to be done with money from the Recovery Fund.

It will concern settlements with special cultural or tourist value as well as city centers,  with priority in areas where the network is vulnerable to weather phenomena (eg heavy snowfall, as in the case of last February). The aim is to improve network resilience, quality of life and tourism development. In addition, great importance will be given to forests to prevent fires.
There, the project will focus on the  replacement of bare cables of medium voltage overhead networks, undergrounding or relocation of the network in forest areas, as well as the installation of insulating covers on network elements. The ultimate goal is to improve the reliability of the network (energy quality indicators SAIDI, SAIFI) and to better protect our forests from extreme weather events, such as those of last summer, which will be, as all scientists note, more and more common.

THE AIM IS TO SHIELD URBAN AREAS AGAINST VIOLENT WEATHER AND PREVENT FOREST FIRES.

In all of Greece

The program, according to information from “K”,  will be developed almost throughout Greece and will be implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and HEDNO.

The cities in which small or larger undergrounding projects are planned to be implemented are  Athens, Piraeus, Kallithea, Mesogeion, Andros, Tinos, Elefsina, Peristeri, Filothei, Kifissia, Alexandroupoli, Xanthi, Komotini, Drama, Kavala, Serres, Kilkis, Katerini, Veria, Kozani, Florina, Kastoria, Edessa, western and central Thessaloniki, eastern Thessaloniki and Polygyros, Aigio, Patras, Arta, Agrinio, Nafplio, Corinth, Pyrgos, Zakynthos, Kefalonia, Kalamata, Sparta, Tripoli, Ioannina, Corfu, Volos, Larissa, Trikala, Karditsa, Lamia, Livadia, Amfissa, Thebes, Aliveri, Chalkida, Heraklion, the Agios Nikolaos, Chania, Rethymno, Rhodes, Kos, Syros, the Western Cyclades, and finally Samos, Chios and Lesvos.

The projects are prioritized for the place and time that will be done by HEDNO in collaboration with RIS in order to first meet the immediate needs. Finally, the projects of the interconnection of islands (IPTO) and “I save” have already begun including locally:

Regarding the Ionian Islands, IPTO Group is launching the upgrade and replacement of existing cable connections with new projects amounting to approximately 100 million euros, with a horizon of completion in 2025. These projects include the upgrade of Killini interconnections- Zakynthos, Zakynthos-Kefalonia, Kefalonia-Lefkada as well as a new interconnection Igoumenitsa-Corfu.

Source: kathimerini.gr

 

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