Over 10% of Ural Power Stations’ Staff Are Female

10 March 2020 (09:08)

UrBC, Yekaterinburg, March 10, 2020. Every one in nine people working for Federal Grid Company United Energy Systems’ Ural division is a woman, RosSet Group’s FGC UES’s press service reports.

220-kV Kalininskaya Power Substation in Yekaterinburg has three female employees, which is one of the largest female staff numbers within the Urals’ energy system. Nadezhda Ivonina and Marina Lyaskovskaya work as substation maintenance electricians and Valeria Kostromina is a relay protection and automation engineer.

‘There are very few women working at power substations. When I was in college, there were six women and nine men in our class. Only two women went on to find employment in the energy sector, and I am the only one to work at the substation. I was first employed in the office and realized I missed dealing with the actual equipment. So I came here. Relay protection units are the key to to the smooth performance of the entire power grid feeding both Yekaterinburg and Sverdlovsk Region, and I am personally responsible for this; I handle the substation maintenance, do all the necessary calculations, and enter system settings. There’s a very large amount of data to process, it might be that this is not to every woman’s liking,’ Valeria Kostromina says.

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