Drogenbos – Buizingen
Replacing a 150 kV high-voltage line between the Drogenbos and Buizingen substations.
Keeping the national grid reliable
The current 150 kV high-voltage line has reached the end of its service life. To guarantee the reliability of the national grid and keep the general public and the infrastructure safe, we are replacing the line between Drogenbos and Buizingen. Elia is replacing all the high-voltage pylons along the route with equivalent infrastructure that meets the stringent safety standards applicable today.
In the interest of society
The line between Drogenbos and Buizingen needs to be replaced for two reasons:
- Current cable at end of service life
The cable currently linking the high-voltage substations in Drogenbos and Buizingen has come to the end of its service life.
- Grid safety and reliability
By replacing the cable, we are keeping the electricity grid reliable and safe and ensuring that it is always supplied with power.
- Current cable at end of service life
The new 2 x 150 kV high-voltage line will follow the same route as the current line between the Drogenbos and Buizingen substations. Although Elia is replacing twenty high-voltage pylons, the height and voltage level (2 x 150 kV) of the pylons will remain the same.
EnvironmentElia is keeping interested parties informed about the project through letters to local residents and the project website: www.elia.be/drogenbos-buizingen. Directly affected stakeholders will be contacted personally.
- June 2017: Project presented to the local authorities for the towns of Drogenbos, Beersel, Sint-Pieters-Leeuw and Halle.
- 29 November 2017: Project presented to local residents at an information session.
- December 2017: Declaration of Public Utility and road permit requested.
- March 2019: Start of the work.
- Late 2020: End of the work.
- Lopping and clearance work may be required at some points along the route. This will be done in consultation with the respective land owners and operators.
- After surveying the area with the respective land owners and/or operators, temporary access roads will be built for the intermittent traffic needed to carry out the work.
- The conductors will be removed section by section and immediately rewound using pulling and braking machines. The pylons will be dismantled and the foundations will be removed from the ground and taken away by lorry.
- The placement and dimensions of the old foundations will be adapted to the dimensions of the new infrastructure so that concrete foundations can be poured for each pylon. The soil removed to create these foundations will be taken away by dump truck. The new infrastructure will be built in the same location as the current line.
- The new pylons will be transported to the site by lorry. They will be brought there in pieces, assembled on site and then erected. Finally, the cables will be pulled from one end to the other so that they can be attached to the metal crossarms.
- As soon as the project is finished, the temporary access roads will be dismantled and the land will be restored to its original state. All waste from the site will be collected and taken to an accredited waste processing centre. A final survey of the area around the site will then be carried out.
- The pylons’ feet can be specially designed to limit maintenance costs and strengthen the ecological network. This special manner of construction will be determined together with an external partner, Elia’s teams and certain affected parties. As the project progresses, other opportunities to enhance biodiversity may well arise.
The work will take place in seven distinct stages:
Stage 1: Lopping and clearance
Stage 2: Creating site access roads
Stage 3: Dismantling the old pylons
Stage 4: Laying the new foundations
Stage 5: Erecting the new pylons
Stage 6: Clearing up the site
Stage 7: Fostering biodiversity
01 September 2019
Drogenbos-Buizingen: update on works
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