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.