Mortsel – Zurenborg

Installation of underground electricity cable between Mortsel and Zurenborg

Current underground cable reaches end of service life

In April 2020 Elia began laying a new underground electricity cable (150kV) between the Mortsel and Zurenborg high-voltage substations. The new cable is replacing the current connection that has reached the end of its service life.

  • texteIn the interest of society

    The installation of a new underground electricity cable between Mortsel and Zurenborg is necessary because the existing cable has reached the end of its service life and must be decommissioned soon. This will reduce the risk of grid disruptions and improve the reliability of the power grid in and around Antwerp. 

  • texteThe route

    The connection runs from Mortsel to Zurenborg, crossing through Berchem and Mortsel.

  • environnementEnvironment

    Elia has made clear arrangements to minimise the impact of its work on the environment. These arrangements will be checked regularly by a site supervisor.

    • Elia will work in phases to limit the duration and scale of the impact on the surrounding area.
    • Homes and businesses will remain accessible while the work is under way. If driveways need to be closed off temporarily, the contractor will contact those affected beforehand.
    • Possible diversions will be discussed with the relevant authorities and announced to local residents in advance.
    • Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to pass the worksites safely at all times.
    • Once work is complete, the worksites will be restored to their original state.
  • Schedule
    • July 2019: Application submitted for environmental permit
    • April 2020: Work starts


08 September 2020

Work begins on Saffierstraat in Mortsel

Elia, the Belgian high-voltage system operator, will soon start working on Saffierstraat in Mortsel to lay a new underground electricity cable below the road surface as part of the Mortsel-Zurenborg project.

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