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nationwide. With the implementation of the second stage
                                                                  of  production  of  the  meter  data  management  system,
                    As  an  operator  of  distribution  grids  for  electricity  and
                                                                  meters with PLC technology (communication connection
                    natural gas in Carinthia, KNG-Kärnten Netz GmbH provides
                                                                  via  the  electricity  grid)  can  now  also  be  installed.  The
                    non-discriminatory access to the grid infrastructure to all
                                                                  coordination of the assembly activities is the groundwork
                    customers  and  energy  suppliers.  The  high-performance
                                                                  for the efficient implementation of smart meters, which is
                    grid infrastructure has to work around the clock, 365 days a
                                                                  supported by workforce management software.
                    year.  KNG-Kärnten  Netz  GmbH’s  main  tasks  include
                    managing operations, expanding the distribution grids for
                                                                  Approximately 50,000 smart meters have been installed by
                    electricity  and  natural  gas  in  line  with  requirements,
                                                                  the  company’s  own  personnel  to  date.  Overall,  KNG-
                    ensuring  necessary  maintenance  and  providing  efficient
                                                                  Kärnten Netz GmbH is constantly working on optimising
                    repair management.
                                                                  the organisational and technical business processes in the
                                                                  company to reach the target of 80% smart meters in the
                                                                  KNG network territory by 2020. For this reason, additional
                    Construction of the 220/110 kV Villach Süd substation and
                                                                  capacities  for  the  assembly  activities  were  deployed.
                    the associated 110 kV line connection required to secure
                                                                  Further  stages  of  production  of  the  meter  data
                    the  future  electricity  supply  in  the  Villach  region  was
                                                                  management system are planned for 2019.
                    interrupted in October 2015 as a result of a decision by the
                    Austrian    Higher     Administrative   Court
                    (Verwaltungsgerichtshof - VwGH). After almost a two-year
                                                                  Power  interruptions  in  2018  included  around  2,700
                    interruption in its construction, the VwGH finally released
                                                                  deployments of specialists and were marked by one major
                    its  decision  that  no  environmental  impact  assessment
                                                                  event. At the end of October 2018, storm Vaia in Italy caused
                    approval is required for the 220/110 kV Villach Süd support
                                                                  massive damage to the KNG-Kärnten Netz GmbH supply
                    grid project. As of July 2018, all final court decisions had
                                                                  network.  Customers  in  the  Hermagor,  Spittal,  Wolfsberg
                    been  released,  enabling  construction  work  on  the
                                                                  and  Völkermarkt  districts  were  particularly  hard  hit  by
                    transmission substations as well as on the 110 kV overhead
                                                                  disruptions to the electricity supply. At the same time, up to
                    line  to  be  resumed  in  the  past  financial  year.  Work  is
                                                                  10,000 customers were temporarily without electric power.
                    proceeding at full speed for completion of the project in
                                                                  KNG-Kärnten Netz GmbH deployed around 250 technicians
                    spring 2021.
                                                                  to restore power as quickly as possible. It took nearly one
                                                                  week to restore power to all customers. Repair work on the
                                                                  supply  network  is  expected  to  continue  until  mid-2019.
                    The introduction of smart meters nationwide taking into
                                                                  Thanks to the deployment of personnel across territories
                    account  the  current  communication  infrastructure  is  the
                                                                  and the use of state-of-the-art technology, containing and
                    largest project for KNG-Kärnten Netz GmbH to date, and a
                                                                  eliminating  interruptions  could  be  managed  extremely
                    particular challenge in a number of ways.
                                                                  efficiently.
                    In the course of 2018, the implementation measures for the
                    legally  required  smart  meter  rollout  were  intensively
                    continued. A milestone of the project was the go live of the
                    second stage of production of the meter data management
                    system  and  the  systematic  continuation  of  the  rollout
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