Work on the ALEGrO project to begin
All the permits and authorisations relating to the completion of the Belgian part of the ALEGrO high-voltage underground connection project having been granted, 15 January marked the beginning of construction work on its three infrastructure facilities: the underground connection, microtunnel and converter station.
At various meetings organised with the municipalities and local residents, everyone was given an opportunity to voice their views, feelings and expectations so that the resulting project could maximally respect both the living environment and quality of life of the inhabitants of the 14 municipalities involved.
Being committed to providing accurate and detailed information, we have produced a map that will be updated as work progresses, enabling headway made in the project to be monitored over time. Please feel free to consult it here.
First interconnector between Belgium and Germany
The ALEGrO project, the first electricity interconnector between Belgium and Germany, can now begin after acquiring the necessary permits and authorisations. Work is scheduled to start in mid-January and Elia expects construction to take two years.
As a reminder, the ALEGrO project will be the first interconnector between Belgium and Germany. It will pass through 14 municipalities and span 90 km (49 km in Belgium and 41 km in Germany). The project has three major objectives:
- efficiently integrate renewable energy;
- contribute to price convergence;
- enhance the security of the power supply.
Read the press release
Round of evening meetings has come to an end
Thank you to everyone who came to meet the ALEGrO project team at one of the four information evenings organised by Elia. It was a pleasure to inform you about the project and the changes made to it following the the Environmental Impact Study's recommendations, and to answer your questions. Thank you also to the mayors and administrative authorities of the four municipalities who welcomed us for their help in organising these evenings.
The project will now be analysed by the regional and federal authorities. We are expecting them to make a decision by the end of 2017.
We will keep you updated about this decision and the next steps in the procedure.
Organisation of four evening meetings
In the scope of its ALEGrO project, Elia has applied for the necessary permits with the Walloon Region.
As of 2 May, the project will be the subject of a public inquiry for the duration of 30 days. You can consult the entire dossier at the relevant administrative offices.
Of its own accord and in the scope of its transparency policy, Elia will organise 4 meetings to present the evolution of the project following the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and to answer your questions on the subject. CSD, the independent and officially certified agency that drew up the EIA, will also be invited to present the conclusions of its assessment.
The Elia team looks forward to welcoming you at your convenience:
On 10 May between 7 pm and 9pm, hall of the Musée des Arbalétriers, rue Haute 46 in 4600 Visé
On 11 May between 5 pm and 9 pm, community hall, rue de l’Eglise 46 in 4710 Lontzen
On 15 May between 5 pm and 8 pm, meeting room of the municipal administration, rue des Ecoles 4 in 4684 Haccourt (Oupeye)
On 18 May between 6 pm and 8 pm, council chamber of the city of Herve in administrative centre Marie-Thérèse, rue du Collège 26 in 4650 Herve
The entire ALEGrO project team will be at your disposal. We hope to see you in large numbers!
Until then, you can reach us at telephone number 0800 18 002 or via e-mail to email@example.com.
14 March 2017
Creative meeting in the scope of the ALEGrO project
Yesterday afternoon, the ALEGrO project was the centre of attention at the Colonster Castle in Liège. The Belgian-German interconnection was the topic of a panel discussion organised by Liège Créative.
It was the perfect occasion for Stefaan Vanden Berghe and Els Celens, the project managers, to remind the participants of the stakes and objectives of Elia and ALEGrO, as well as to highlight the excellent cooperation with Amprion, Elia's colleague on the other side of the border.
The event was also attended by Siemens, which won the European tender for the construction of the converter station in Lixhe. The company was represented by Alain Belvaux, who shared Siemens' construction methods and the functioning of the station with the public: a world premier!
The entire ALEGrO team was thrilled with this opportunity to present such a major project to the creative and enterprising individuals of Liège. We would like to thank the Liège Créative team for their invitation!
Submission of permit applications
Following the completion of the environmental impact study last February, Elia has finalised the permit application for the ALEGrO project and officially sent it to the PCI’s one-stop-shop, which will assess its completeness. Once the file has been deemed complete, it can be submitted to the municipal authorities and the bodies concerned.
This is an important step in the process, and it brings us closer to a meeting with you, the local residents. Once the various authorities concerned have studied the project, these documents will be made available to you for a period of thirty days at the town and country planning department of each municipality involved.
In order to help interested parties better understand the details of the project and to answer any questions you may have, Elia will be organising info evenings a number of times during the 30-day public inquiry. We will be sure to keep you informed of the dates and times of these info evenings.
We look forward to meeting you at one of these info sessions and in the meantime please do not hesitate to call us free of charge on 0800 18 002 or send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discover the ALEGrO project in this video ( in French ) :
Amprion and Elia grant the construction of two converter stations to Siemens
Elia and Amprion signed the contracts with General Cable and Siemens for the establishment of the cable in direct current over a distance of 90 km and for the two converter stations.
Residents of the municipalities covered by the ALEGrO project (namely Visé, Oupeye, Herstal, Liège, Blegny, Soumagne, Herve, Thimister-Clermont, Welkenraedt, Limbourg, Baelen, Eupen, Lontzen and Raeren) are cordially invited to an advance public briefing:
- Tuesday 18 October 2016 at 8 p.m., Salle des Arbalétriers, Rue Haute 46, 4600 Visé
Residents are also welcome to attend two additional information sessions:
- Wednesday 19 October at 8 p.m., Council chamber, Rue du Collège 26, 4650 Herve
- Thursday 20 October at 8 p.m., community school hall, Hauptstrasse 45, 4730 Raeren
Elia's ALEGrO team is hoping to meet you at these events to hear your thoughts about the project.
Link to the official invitation ( in French )
Local television channel RTC télé-Liège attended the ALEGrO project exhibition at Oupeye town hall on Wednesday, 1 June 2016. This exhibition gave local residents the chance to have their questions answered and speak to officials from Elia and the municipal authorities, as well as an independent expert from the Scientific Institute of Public Services (ISSeP). It also gave Elia the opportunity to present itself, the ALEGrO project and the result of the measurement taken at Calais at a connection similar to that planned by the ALEGrO project.
Discover their reportage
Elia and the municipality of Oupeye: two partners visit Calais
On Wednesday, 25 May 2016 , at the request of Oupeye municipal council, a delegation from Oupeye went to Calais (northern France) to visit a site with an underground connection similar to that planned by the ALEGrO project.
The Mayor of Oupeye, the Alderman for Health, and the Town Planning Department official heading the case were accompanied by Paul Bernard (an independent expert from the Scientific Institute of Public Services (ISSeP), who was appointed by the municipal authorities) and some local residents who had been invited along after expressing their concerns about the project.
The purpose of the trip was to see first-hand the result of the measurement taken by the expert. The expert measured the magnetic field, which proved to be the same as that of the Earth, thus achieving the aim of checking that connections like this actually have no impact on terrestrial magnetic fields.
Both the local residents and the representatives of the Oupeye municipal authorities were satisfied with this demonstration.
Exhibition at Oupeye town hall
The municipal council also asked Elia to organise an exhibition in the town hall to answer citizens' questions about the ALEGrO project in its current phase.
This exhibition would give local residents the chance to speak to officials from Elia and the municipal authorities, as well as an independent expert from ISSeP. It would also give Elia the opportunity to present itself, the ALEGrO project and the result of the measurement taken at Calais at a connection similar to that planned by the ALEGrO project.