High-voltage substation Kwatrecht (Melle)

Modernisation and expansion of high-voltage substation Kwatrecht (Melle)

  • texteBenefits to society
    To prepare the electricity grid around Ghent for the future, Elia is carrying out work in various high-voltage substations. Elia is therefore installing new electrical installations so that the electricity supply will continue to be guaranteed in the future. 
  • texteWorks

    Elia carries out the following activities on the high-voltage substation in Kwatrecht within the framework of the Ghent East project (Gent Oost): 

    • Replacement of the transformer on the current site of the high-voltage substation (Oude Heirbaan 35, Melle) 
      A transformer converts voltage from a higher to lower level and vice versa. A new transformer will ensure that Elia can convert more high-voltage electricity (36 kV) to medium voltage (12 kV). In addition, there will be less humming noise for the environment.
    • Expansion of the high-voltage substation and installation of new GIS together with diesel and auxiliary services (Oude Heirbaan 35, Melle).
      A GIS high-voltage substation is a closed building with switching equipment and uses SF6 gas to insulate the components. It also takes up less space than an AIS installation. More information on GIS installations can be found in the brochure “What is a high-voltage substation?” under documents.
  • environnementEnvironment

    Elia is always mindful of the local area when carrying out work. The high-voltage system operator takes a range of measures intended to mitigate disruption and impact on the surrounding area.

    • Work will only take place during the day, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
    • Elia guarantees that homes and businesses will always be accessible during the works. 
    • If local residents are set to experience a temporary increase in disruption for a specific reason, Elia or its subcontractor(s) will always individually notify those affected.
    • If normal traffic has to be diverted, the diversions will be agreed with the road authority and clearly communicated to local residents.
    • Once work is complete, the land is always restored to its original state.
  • Schedule
    • End of 2022: submission of the permit application
    • Early 2023: information market
    • Early 2024: start of works
    • End of 2026: end of works
  • docDocuments

High-voltage substation Kwatrecht Melle

31 March 2023

Renewal of the Kwatrecht high-voltage substation

Early next year, Elia will start work on the high-voltage substation in Kwatrecht/Melle. The outdated high-voltage substation is in need of modernisation and is also being expanded. In addition, the old transformer, the beating heart of the high-voltage substation, will be replaced by a new one that makes less noise. 

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