Damages to electricity infrastructure caused by extensive fires in various parts of the country have, according to an initial estimate, reached between 20 and 25 million euros, but the cost could rise as fires are still burning in northern Evia, one of the hardest hit areas, sources at DEDDIE/HEDNO, the distribution network operator, have noted.
The estimate includes sub-stations, utility poles and power lines. The operator is stocked with all the equipment needed to replace damaged infrastructure, the sources added.
The operator has been stocking up over the past year and a half, covering any equipment shortages, according to the sources.
Even so, the cost of the fire-related damages is not negligible. It represents approximately 14 percent of last year’s total investments at DEDDIE/HEDNO, which reached 175 million euros.
Up until Saturday, 2,150 utility poles, 120 sub-stations and 109 kilometers of low and medium-voltage power lines in the wider Athens area, Evia and the Peloponnese were reported to have been damaged, but these figures are expected to increase.