Austrian Power Grid AG and KNG-Kärnten Netz GmbH: Secure Electricity Supply - construction works for grid support Villach in their final stage
In Fürnitz, Carinthia, the construction activities for the 220/110-kV transformation substation of Austrian Power Grid (APG) and KNG-Kärnten Netz GmbH (KNG) are approaching their final stage: in spring 2021 the new 220/110-kV grid support substation will start to operate. It will ensure the energy supply of all customers in the greater area of Villach for the next decades. The investment of EUR 80 million is an important contribution to the continuing development of the area around Villach as a center for business and industry.

Currently, Carinthia has two 220/110-kV substations linking the nationwide APG transmission grid and the provincial distribution grid of KNG-Kärnten Netz GmbH, which delivers the electricity directly to households and businesses: the APG substation Malta located in the Möll valley and the substation Obersielach in the vicinity of Völkermarkt. With the substation in Fürnitz a third hub will soon be operational.

KNG-Kärnten Netz GmbH invests approximately EUR 50 million in their share of the new transformation substation and the 110-kV double circuit transmission line to Landskron. “The work on the 220/110-kV transformation substation for the greater area of Villach is already well advanced”, says Gernot Kowatsch, project manager of KNG-Kärnten Netz GmbH. “Even though the corona crisis has had an influence on the work processes at the construction site, the facility will go on line as planned in March 2021.” The new 110-kV double circuit transmission line is already completed, only the conductor lines from the portals at the substation to the first pylons have to be mounted. The long-standing 110-kV double circuit transmission line from Landskron into the Gail valley will also be integrated in the new substation. “With this we gain flexibility in case of revision works and events of fault”, emphasizes Kowatsch. The 110-kV part of the substation is almost completed but not yet energized. Therefore we can currently walk through the facility without running any risk.”