Elia secures an environmental permit for Horta-Avelgem
Last week, Elia secured an environmental permit from the Flemish Government for the Horta-Avelgem project. The permit is for the upgrade of the existing 380 kV high-voltage line between the Horta high-voltage substation in Zomergem and the substation in Avelgem.
What does the work involve?
During the first stage of the project, Elia will strengthen the existing pylons and their foundations and make adjustments to the Avelgem high-voltage substation. Elia will notify local residents as soon as the exact timeframe for the work is known.
You can keep up with the latest progress on the project by signing up to Elia’s dedicated digital newsletter. If you want to receive the newsletter, send an email to email@example.com with the message "sign up for Horta-Avelgem newsletter”. Your details will then be added to the mailing list.
Elia submits permit application
Elia has submitted a permit application for the Horta-Avelgem project. As part of this process, a public consultation will be held between 19 May and 18 June 2018, meaning that the plans and documents connected to the application will be available to view in the towns and municipalities involved, namely Zomergem, Nevele, Deinze, Zulte, Kruishoutem, Wortegem-Petegem, Anzegem and Avelgem. This gives citizens the opportunity to share their comments about the project by sending them in writing to the mayor and aldermen of their town or place of residence.
Elia plans to start work in the autumn, when it will strengthen the pylons and foundations.
Elia establishes dialogue with local residents
From late 2018 onwards, Elia intends to work on the existing high-voltage line between the Horta high-voltage substation in Zomergem and the Avelin substation in France. This work has been split into two subprojects: Horta-Avelgem and Avelgem-Avelin. To inform local residents about the project in the nine Flemish municipalities involved, Elia organised information sessions in Avelgem and Deinze on Tuesday 14 and Thursday 16 November 2017. Elia has created a time lapse of these events (click here to view).
There was an information exhibit where visitors were given more information about the purpose, schedule and approach of the project, as well as a photo report of similar works. Elia employees were on hand to answer residents' questions. David Van Gindertaelen, a project manager at Elia, looks back at the event with satisfaction: “The people were pleasantly surprised that they were provided with such extensive information. It was also nice for us to establish contact with residents so we know what is going on in our working environment."
From 2018 onwards, Elia will keep you informed of the progress of both projects via a digital newsletter. If you want to receive the newsletter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the message "sign up for Horta-Avelgem newsletter”. Your details will then be added to the mailing list.
On 14 and 16 November 2017, Elia is holding two information sessions about the Horta-Avelgem and Avelgem-Avelin projects. At every information session Elia informs those living in the Flemish municipalities covered by the project about the coming works. All residents are sent an invitation in the post, but everyone is welcome to attend either session between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Tuesday 14 November 2017
Information session in Avelgem
OC Kerkhove, Oudenaardsesteenweg 589, 8580 Avelgem
Thursday 16 November 2017
Information session in Deinze
Jeugdcentrum Brieljant, Mouterijdreef 20, 9800 Deinze
During these events Elia reflects on the purpose of the work and the approach and schedule of the project. You can also contact the project managers with your questions.
Elia submits project EIA
As part of the project EIA, Elia investigated all possible effects on the landscape, nature, people and the environment. This is a key step in acquiring the necessary permits.
The four main conclusions of the assessment are listed below:
No contamination of the groundwater
Limited noise pollution during work
Respect for fauna and flora during temporary commissioning
No change in soil quality
The public consultation process (project EIA) concerning work on the route between the Horta (in Zomergem) and Avelgem high-voltage substations will begin in March 2017. A project EIA studies any possible impact on the landscape, nature, people and the environment. During the public consultation, local residents and other interested parties can make comments and voice concerns about the project. These are then incorporated into the project EIA.
The notification document on the assessment is currently available to consult from the municipalities within the project area. You can also find the notification document online on the website of the Flemish government service responsible for EIAs.
The Horta-Avelgem line is an overhead 380-kV high-voltage connection constructed in the 1970s. The 40-km-long line runs from Zomergem (Horta high-voltage substation) to Avelgem. It covers the provinces of East and West Flanders and crosses eight municipalities (Zomergem, Nevele, Deinze, Zulte, Kruishoutem, Wortegem-Petegem, Anzegem and Avelgem).
From 2018 up to and including 2021, Elia will replace the conductors of the existing high-voltage line, strengthen the pylons and their foundations, and modify the switchgear in the Avelgem high-voltage substation. Elia will provide you with a more detailed schedule of the work as the start date gets closer.