24 June 2020

Large-scale evacuation drill at Benelux's tallest high-voltage pylons

Mayor Bart De Wever has today been evacuated from one of the high-voltage pylons on the banks of the Scheldt in Antwerp. These pylons form the backdrop of a spectacular week-long evacuation drill organised by Brandweer Zone Antwerpen and Hulpverleningszone Waasland, the fire and emergency services of Antwerp and Waasland respectively.

At 192 metres, the pylons are the tallest in the Benelux and were erected as part of Brabo, Elia's pro-ject to upgrade the high-voltage grid in and around the port of Antwerp and generally enhance Bel-gium's security of supply. Commissioning of the new high-voltage line is scheduled for the summer, which is why intensive training is still under way.

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Marleen Vanhecke
Head of Communication & Reputation Elia Group
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