Elia commissions the Stevin highvoltage line: a key milestone in the expansion of offshore wind farms and the continued integration of the European grid


On 21 November 2017, the system operator Elia officially inaugurated the Stevin high-voltage line, together with Prime Minister Charles Michel and Marie Christine Marghem, the Federal Minister of Energy. The project shores up Belgium's high-voltage grid in West and East Flanders and is pioneering in a number of ways.

The 47-km-long, 380-kV Stevin linebetween Zeebrugge and Zomergem will transport energy generated by the new offshore wind farms to the mainland, encourage green energy projects in the region, support the growth of the Zeebrugge port area, and facilitate the exchange of energy with the UK via the subsea Nemo cable. The new line will be able to transport up to 3,000 MW, a capacity equal to that of three major nuclear power plants.