Works at the Monceau-sur-Sambre substation and the Zandvliet substations
Following today's publication of various articles in the press, Elia wishes to make it clear that the work being carried out at the 220 kV Monceau-sur-Sambre substation and the Zandvliet substation have only mild implications for Belgium's global energy import capacity.
The incident on 17 March in the high-voltage substation at Monceau-sur-Sambre, one of Belgium's interconnection points with France, was found to have caused material damage necessitating major repairs. That repair work is currently under way and should be finished by the end of November. However, the present situation has only a mild impact on energy imports from France because the link involved has mainly a local function with regard to the operation of the grid in Hainaut.
Furthermore, maintenance and inspection work is currently going on at Zandvliet, another key substation forming an interconnection point with the Netherlands. This work is being done now to ensure that the grid is as well prepared for winter as possible.