Works along the A12 at the 380 kV overhead line between Zandvliet and Lillo to start
Now that Elia's works on Scheldelaan and Kruisweg are nearly finished, work will begin in January on the Brabo II overhead 380-kV line. In this phase, Elia will renew and upgrade the existing 150-kV line along the A12 to a 380-kV line. The high-voltage line will cross the Scheldt from Lillo to Liefkenshoek.
To enable the line to span the Scheldt, Elia is erecting two new pylons 192 m tall on the banks of the river. This height is required because the high-voltage cables crossing over the Scheldt will have to span a distance of 1 km and Elia has to take account of line sag and a new directive stipulating a safety distance of 100 m for maritime traffic.
In mid-January, subcontractors Herbosch-Kiere and Eiffage Energie started preparatory work such as putting up road signs, building an access road, breaching the dyke and constructing a work and crane platform to enable work to be carried out from on the water. The assembly and construction of the pylons will begin in April 2018. These works will last about one year.
In the spring of 2019, the lines connecting both banks of the Scheldt will be put in place and the pylons will be finished off, including the installation of safety lighting, among other things. In 2020, Elia will join up both ends of the new 380-kV line spanning the river, linking both its banks.