For infrastructure projects such as the Hansa PowerBridge, a regional planning procedure (Raumordnungsverfahren / ROV) is carried out as the first step in the planning. In this particular case, though, a separate ROV was not required, as the Hansa PowerBridge can be created within an already approved corridor originally intended for a gas interconnector that was not constructed in the end. This course of action was approved by the highest competent spatial planning authority, the Ministry of Energy, Infrastructure and Digitalisation of the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (MEID), in its decision of 30 May 2017.
To determine the more specific route of the Hansa PowerBridge, various permits are required in the course of the further planning process. 50Hertz is currently preparing the corresponding applications.
The entire German side of the Hansa PowerBridge project is subdivided in four approval steps based on the geographical location and the legal requirements, for which a total of five permits are required:
- approval of the converter installation near Güstrow under the Federal Immission Control Act (BImSchG) by the State Agency for Agriculture and Environment for central Mecklenburg (StALU MM)
- approval of the (underground) onshore cable route from Güstrow to Fischland under the Energy Industry Act (planning approval proceedings) by the Ministry of Energy, Infrastructure and Digitalisation of the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (MEID)
- approval of the submarine cable route within the 12 nautical mile zone under the Energy Industry Act (planning approval proceedings) by the MEID
- approval of the submarine cable route within the Exclusive Economic Zone under the Federal Mining Act by the Stralsund Mining Authority (approval of the technical interests) and by the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (approval of the interests for shipping and the marine Environment)
On the German side, the approval procedure is expected to be concluded by late 2021. In Sweden, the necessary permits should also have been obtained by that time. The call for tenders for the installations is planned for 2022. According to the planning, the Hansa PowerBridge should be put into operation in 2025/2026.
All applications by 50Hertz will include detailed plans and comprehensive explanations on the project, more in particular on matters regarding environmental protection and nature conservation, tourism and ownership structures. In due time, the plans mentioned will be available on this Website.
Early public participation
Even before the start of the formal approval procedure, 50Hertz will gather information from local administrations and competent authorities, nature conservation and environmental associations as well as local residents, in order to include their concerns and interests in the planning as soon as possible.
We will keep you updated on upcoming early public participation measures here and in our Newsletter.