Elia submits planning permit application for Avelgem-Avelin overhead line
On 1 February 2018, the project to upgrade the 2 x 380-kV overhead line linking the Avelgem and Avelin substations entered a new phase. After presenting the results of the EIS to local residents in November, Elia submitted a planning permit application, including the EIS, to the Public Service Wallonia's delegated official.
In accordance with the applicable legislation, a public consultation will take place at the beginning of February to give residents the chance to review the entire application. A decision on the permit application should be made in the summer of 2018. Once the permit is issued, the project team will start upgrading the pylons and foundations and replacing the conductors.
As a reminder, this overhead line is considered to be one of the backbones of the Belgian grid. By upgrading the interconnector with France, Elia is ensuring the security of the country's power supply and integrating renewable energy.