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PGE Group to build new network switching station for railway electrification

PGE Dystrybucja, a subsidiary of the Polish state-owned PGE Group, has signed a contract for the construction of a network switching station in Siedliska in the southeastern Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship (4 August).

“As the largest distribution system operator in the country, we are constantly modernising and expanding our power infrastructure in order to improve the quality of services provided and ensure secure electricity supplies to nearly 6 million customers,” said Jarosław Kwasek, President of PGE Dystrybucja’s Management Board.

“We also carry out investments that support local development and improve the comfort of residents. One such project is the construction of power infrastructure that will secure the supply of electricity to the railway traction, and thus enable the electrification of sections of the railway network in the company’s area of ​​operation. Such investments are important not only for the development of transport but also for the economy of a given area. This action is also dictated by care for the natural environment,” Mr Kwasek added.

The company is also developing the relevant infrastructure to connect traction substations to the railway network in other parts of the country. In the neighbouring Podlaskie Voivodeship, distribution substations are being built in Kity, Nowe Racibory, and Baciuty with a total investment cost of over 37 million Polish zlotys (8.3 million euros).

In the PGE Dystrybucja Białystok (Podlaskie Voivodeship) Branch, a contract for the construction of a distribution substation has also been signed, which is expected to modernise the railway route between Ełk and Olsztyn. As part of this investment, a 110-kilowatt (kV) distribution substation will be built in the Siedliska area.

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