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Contract from Austrian Power Grid: EQOS Energie commissioned to construct the Wagenham substation

EQOS Energie was tasked by Austrian Power Grid to realise the new construction of the 380-/110-kV substation in Wagenham. With this project, EQOS Energie makes a contribution to supply certainty in the central region of Upper Austria and attains another milestone in the Energy Technology division.

EQOS Energie, one of the leading service providers of complex network infrastructures, was awarded the commission for the new construction of the Wagenham substation by Austrian Power Grid AG (APG). The project, which will start in September 2021, is scheduled to be completed in September 2024. In the municipality of Pischelsdorf am Engelbach (located in the Austrian-Bavarian border region), a new 380-/110-kV substation will be constructed to support the 110-kV distribution network and the existing substation. EQOS Energie was commissioned with the delivery, fitting, operation-ready completion and commissioning of the primary and secondary technology for the new construction of the 380-/110-kV system.

The commission is part of the expansion of the maximum-voltage network and therefore a central project in the energy transformation of the Austrian Republic. The wind power generated in the eastern part of the country is connected with the storage power plants in the Alps, which makes it a key factor for the efficient usage of clean eco-energy.

Significant improvement to Upper Austria’s supply certainty

With the new Wagenham substation, APG makes an investment in the secure power supply of Upper Austria and Austria as a whole. The existing 220-kV network infrastructure of APG will be renewed after 60 years. By expanding the 380-kV power grid, this project also contributes to the success of the energy transformation, because construction of the Wagenham substation creates an additional grid feeding point from the transport network. This increases distribution efficiency, so the entire region benefits from a more stable, future-oriented power supply network. Overall, APG will invest EUR 3.1 billion in the expansion and rearrangement of power infrastructure in Austria in the next 10 years. In 2021 alone, this amounted to EUR 360 million.

A new substation in three years

“EQOS Energie refines and validates the plans of APG and generates the binding planning documents for the execution of the project. The stipulated secondary planning must be developed in line with the scope of delivery and handed over to the builder of the switch cabinet. Fitting on site is planned for April 2022,” Otto Reinberger, Head of Substations/High Voltage Austria in the Energy Technology business unit at EQOS Energie, said about the schedule. For this activity, the company relies on a team of multiple specialists.

Sound know-how and transparent communication were also decisive factors for the award

“I am proud of our maximum voltage team, which consists of more than 120 employees overall and is very experienced,” said Uwe Trampnau, managing director in charge of the Energy Technology business unit at EQOS Energie. The team is characterized not only by the expert know-how it was able to demonstrate in various projects in the field of power generation plants but also based on consistently structured and transparent communication with the customer – from quote generation to conclusion. „It is nice to see that APG entrusts such an important project to us. For us, this awarded commission is a significant milestone in the continued expansion of our Austrian Energy Technology business unit, based on which we will grow even more strongly organically as well as through future acquisitions,” Trampnau concluded.