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Start of the formal public participation on 7 October 2013

On 19/09/2013, the Thuringian Administrative Office in Weimar officially initiated the plan approval procedure for the third section of the South-West Interconnector between substation Altenfeld and the Thuringian state border near Schalkau. To this end, the application documents were made available for public consultation in all cities and municipalities affected by the project for six weeks, from 7 October 2013 to 18 November 2013. All interested parties could then peruse the planning documents in the city halls or municipal offices and submit their objections to the competent planning authority in writing. 50Hertz will make the planning documents available online for the duration of the information round.

European priority project: the South-West Interconnector

The South-West Interconnector, also known as the Thuringian Power Bridge, is a 380 kV overhead line, running from the Lauchstädt substation in Saxony-Anhalt to the substation in Vieselbach near Erfurt (Thuringia) and from there on via the Altenfeld substation up to the state border of Thuringia. The final destination of the South-West Interconnector is the Redwitz substation in Bavaria. The corresponding section was constructed by transmission system operator TenneT. 50Hertz invests about 320 million EUR in this extra high voltage line of approx. 160 kilometres. It benefits the transmission of electricity across regions, from north to south, from the eastern to the southern and south-western federated states and within Europe. This makes it a project of great regional, national and especially European importance for the durability of the power grid.

The South-West Interconnector is one of the important connections between the European electricity grids, as it connects Halle/Saale to Schweinfurt (DE). Accordingly, it was also included as Project no. 4 in the national Power Grid Expansion Act (EnLAG) of 2009, in which the Bundestag classified a total of 24 expansion projects as urgently needed for grid development. It is subsidised by the European Energy Programme for Recovery and categorised by the European Union as a Project of Common Interest (PCI). As such, the project is important for the further improvement of the security of supply and the development of renewable energy at the European level.

Here you can find more information on PCI projects at 50Hertz.

This project was defined by the European Union as a project of common interest (PCI). Therefore this project is particularly significant for improving the supply security and grid expansion on the European level.

Here you can find information on: PCI projects at 50Hertz.

Further information

All information on the project's progress

Contact for South-West Interconnector

If you have any inquiries please contact:
Dr. Dirk Manthey

Public participation

Dr. Dirk Manthey
Tel: +49 30 5150-3419
Fax: +49 30 5150-3112
E-Mail: dirk.manthey@50hertz.com

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