MILAN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – After a fortnight living in a mobile home compound built in just three days by his employer, Italian gas company Snam (SRG.MI), Guido Debattisti is returning home. The 37-year-old is part of a team of engineers sealed off during two-week shifts to make sure gas taps stay open – and buildings warm – during a coronavirus epidemic that has killed more than 7,000 Italians and is sweeping Europe. So far, the hastily-assembled plan at Snam’s control center in Milan, which remotely operates 33,000 kilometers (21,000 miles) of gas pipes across Italy, is working. “The team working in the dispatching center – made up of six people for each shift, as well as two colleagues connected remotely via Skype video-conferences – has succeeded in carrying out all activities related to grid control,” Debattisti told Reuters, before heading back to his home in nearby Pavia. With countries across Europe in lockdown to try to contain the virus, gas and power grid operators are scrambling to roll out emergency plans to make sure their control rooms are safe from infection and can keep critical infrastructure running. Potentially at risk are more than 12 million kilometers (km) of networks, or 31… continue reading
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