16 February 2018 – site report

Launched on 15 January, the converter station project will have four major stages:

  • soil reinforcement
  • building construction
  • installation of electrical equipment
  • pre-commissioning testing phase

Siemens (the contractor) began the first stage under Elia's supervision. It will run until April 2018.

The first stage involves reinforcing the soil by installing ballasted columns, explains Els Celens, project manager at Elia. More specifically, construction equipment is used to inject stone columns into the soil in order to provide the stability needed for construction of the building. This technique is faster, less noisy and causes fewer vibrations than conventional pile-driving. Once the subsoil has been reinforced, our teams can start building the converter station.

You can also monitor the progress of the project on our dynamic map.