RMK and Elering OÜ concluded a contract to expand and maintain the protected zones of overhead lines 20.11

On 20 November, State Forest Management Centre (Riigimetsa Majandamise Keskus, RMK) and Elering OÜ signed a contract to expand and maintain the protected zones of overhead lines, and to cut hazardous trees. Cutting is required to avoid malfunctions of overhead lines and resulting supply interruptions.

The contract, signed by Tavo Uuetalu and Tiit Timberg, Members of the RMK Management Board, and Lembit Vali, Chairman, and Peep Soone, Member of the Elering OÜ Management Board, was concluded for five years. Under the contract, RMK will arrange for the cutting of the forest and scrub growing in the protected zones of overhead lines within sections of the lines passing through the state forest.

“RMK has plenty of skilled and experienced contractors to perform cutting in the protected zones of overhead lines. Considering how many electric lines pass through the state forest, this is significant additional work creating also opportunities for additional employment,” Tavo Uuetalu, Member of the RMK Management Board explained.

“In recent years, one of the priorities for Elering OÜ has been to expand line passages within the protected zone in order to avoid the falling of trees on lines during autumn storms. In addition to ensuring power supply, the electrical safety dimension is important, too, with the width of the protected zones established under the Electrical Safety Act,” Lembit Vali, Member of the Elering OÜ Management Board commented for his part.

The contract defines the parties’ representatives to organise the cooperation, the principles for the submission and execution of a commission, and the rates for the performance of the work. The newly concluded contract is the third in succession. Under the previous year-long contracts, approximately 40,000 cubic metres of standing timber has been cut by RMK.

The total length of the overhead lines of Elering OÜ is approximately 5,200 kilometres. RMK estimates the length of the line routes of 110 kV voltage electricity lines passing through state forest at 400 kilometres and the length of the line routes of 220−330 kV voltage electricity lines at 285 kilometres. The cutting requirement on standing timber in the line passages passing through the state forest is estimated at 200,000 cubic metres.

RMK is a profit-making state agency established under the Forestry Act, aimed at sustainable and efficient management of the state forest. RMK grows reforestation materials, organises forestry works, is engaged in the sale of forest and timber and organises game upkeep. In addition, RMK establishes opportunities for hiking in nature and forest recreation on recreational areas, and shapes awareness of nature. RMK manages 38% of Estonia’s forests.

Elering OÜ is an Estonian transmission system operator, uniting Estonia’s biggest power stations, distribution networks and corporate consumers in an integral energy system. Via Elering OÜ’s electrical power system, Estonia’s electrical power system is linked with the power systems of the neighbouring countries. The power system control centre that is part of Elering OÜ manages the power system across Estonia in real time to ensure its continual quality functioning.

Further information:
Tavo Uuetalu
RMK Management Board Member
Telephone 504 5069
E-mail tavo.uuetalu@rmk.ee

Lembit Vali
Chairman, Elering OÜ Management Board
Telephone 715 1221, 5667 0021
E-mail info@elering.ee or kersti.prei@elering.ee