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Yesterday afternoon, a crane was used to place a 65-tonne transformer for the new substation at Berlin-Britz into the building at Buckower Damm. It is one of three transformers which will ensure that the energy supply to 25,000 household and 1400 business customers in southern Berlin is even more secure. The other two identical transformers will be positioned in the building in early October.
The transformers' task is to convert a 110 kilovolt electricity supply down to 10 kilovolts. The construction of the technology, which cost around EUR 350,000, is an important step on the road to launching the new substation in October 2014. The next milestone will involve connecting the transformers to the high and medium voltage substations.
In October 2013, the first two of a total of three transformers were delivered to the new substation at Berlin-Köpenick on Landjägerstrasse. They were taken into the building using a ramp.
The substations' modern switch and control technology helps to reduce the risk of outages in southern Berlin. And it ensures that the electricity supply is quickly restored if there is any disruption, as the facilities are remotely managed from Berlin's energy distribution network's central control room.
The new buildings in Britz and Köpenick are two of the infrastructure projects that Berlin's energy grid operator is currently undertaking: others include strengthening the grid at Mierendorffplatz in Charlottenburg and continued automation of the medium voltage grid. In 2013, Stromnetz Berlin GmbH is spending around EUR 280 million on expanding and maintaining the capital's distribution grid.