The pilot route of the innovative “compactLine” is taking shape. After three years of preliminary studies, TSCNET shareholder 50Hertz, one of the four German transmission system operators (TSOs), started the construction of test “compactLine” last October at the substation Jessen/Nord in the German federal state of Saxony-Anhalt. Compared with conventional lines, the “compactLine” pylons are lower and the corridor width is smaller, which is why the “compactLine” reduces the impact on the environment significantly.
According to Mike Wildgrube, project manager for “compactLine” at 50Hertz, the construction work is fully in schedule. The first pylons are assembled on the site and by mid-March, all masts should be ready-made, followed by work on the traverses and cables. In the summer, the pilot route is expected to be connected to the grid. Since the beginning of the project, 50Hertz has involved the public in research and planning and is continuing this practice with the publication of an information brochure on “compactLine”.