Upgraded 380-kV Mercator-Horta line commissioned

The Mercator-Horta high-voltage line was put back in operation on 14 August. This is good news, not just for our country's security of supply, but also for Belgian and European economic development!

Over the past few years, Elia has been upgrading this 380-kV line between Zomergem and Kruibeke. The pylons and foundations of this line, which dates back to the 1970s, have been improved in order to increase its transmission capacity but also to connect the first wave of offshore wind farms to the grid.

A few finishing touches in the months ahead

Now that the last conductors have been installed, the high-voltage line between Zomergem and Kruibeke can be commissioned. The next few months will see a few finishing touches, minor repairs and some clearing up, with all work set to be completed by the end of 2019.

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