Planning and approval process: overhead line under construction
Since May 2013, the new overhead line is being constructed. Once the construction area had been cleared and the construction sites set up, the first foundations were laid in August and the first pylons erected. The commissioning of the first section is planned for late 2013. Before the building operations began, an initial public consultation took place on 16 April 2013.
Prior to this, the plan approval procedure for the upgrade of the 380 kV line between Bärwalde and Schmölln was concluded with the key planning decision of 18 February 2013 by the Land administration of Saxony, the authority responsible for the procedure. In the scope of the plan approval procedure, from 29 May to 29 June 2012 all plans, drawings and explanations related to the application for the planning approval procedure were available for consultation in the municipalities of Boxberg/Oberlausitz, Lohsa, Radibor, Neschwitz, Puschwitz, Crostwitz, Panschwitz-Kuckau, Burkau, Demitz-Thumitz, Schmölln-Putzkau, Nebelschütz, Guttau and Bischofswerda. The deadline to submit objections ended two weeks after the consultation round, i.e. on 13 July 2012.
For a detailed study on the environmental effects, an environmental impact assessment (EIA) and an accompanying landscape conservation plan (LCP) were drawn up in the scope of the plan approval procedure. As such, the effects of the project on nature and landscape could be determined.
The construction will take place while the system is operational. This is possible by first powering down and dismantling one side or circuit of the existing route. On the disconnected side, the new pylons are constructed and fully equipped on one side. When the new circuit goes operational, the second circuit of the existing line can be switched off and disassembled. This creates the necessary space to install the second circuit of the new line.
During the new construction, the spans will be adjusted to meet current regulations. Their length will be increased to 350-500 metres, reducing the number of pylons from the current 108 to 106 in the future. The new lattice towers will be two-level pylons, i.e. having two cross-arms. Because of the displaced construction of the new pylons, the route axis will move approx. 10 metres.