Berlin - 50Herts temporarily ceases work on the Uckermark line in anticipation of the decision to be made in the urgent summary proceeding to determine the legality of the planning approval decision. "It is in our best interest if the proceedings can be concluded in the earliest terms and will do our part to ensure this. On the other hand, we do not want to start construction as long as the court has not provided clarity on this case", stressed Chief Technical Officer Dr Frank Golletz. "The Uckermark line is a European priority project and a key component for a successful energy transition in north-eastern Germany. The sooner legal clarity can be achieved, the better for the development of renewables in Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania."
The planned 380-kV high-voltage transmission line is urgently needed for the integration of the generated wind power and is supposed to be constructed as a replacement for the current 220-kV line between the substations of Bertikow and Neuenhagen in Brandenburg. Moreover, the line section between Vierraden and Krajnik is an important cross-border interconnector between Poland and Germany. The Uckermark line was declared a national priority project in the Power Grid Expansion Act (EnLAG) promulgated by the German Federal Parliament in 2009. Recently, two private individuals and the Brandenburg division of the German Society for Nature Conservation (NABU), in coordination with an action group, brought an action against the key planning decision by the State Office for Mining, Geology and Raw Materials (LBGR).
After consultation with the affected municipalities, environmental institutions and private individuals, 50Hertz made many adjustments to the route established by the key planning decision. However, this appeared insufficient to convince the most determined parties opposing the planned project. Because of the action brought before the Federal Administrative Court, the company now expects a delay of several months for the construction project.
Nevertheless, the implementation of certain preferential compensatory and replacement measures in the line section that taps into the substation of Vierraden, will continue as planned. In order for these environmental protection and nature conservation measures to be effective, they need to be realised before the next growing season. They are intended to develop forest borders as a habitat for the barred warbler and other bush-nesting birds, and include various forestry operations, planting in particular.