New transmission line to connect Germany’s northern wind farms with its southern manufacturing centers

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Yesterday, Tractebel said that it won a 6-year EPCM (engineering, procurement, and construction management) contract with Germany’s biggest transmission grid operator, TenneT for the execution of a new 380-kV overhead transmission line, covering a distance of 145 km between Dollern and Landesbergen. The “A250 Stade-Landesbergen” project will contribute to the success of the energy transition in Germany, connecting wind power generated in the north with the energy-intensive manufacturing industry in the south.

Tractebel Engineering GmbH will support the project over the next six years as an EPCM project together with external partners including the ERM Group and EQOS Energie Deutschland GmbH. Around 30 Tractebel experts from different Tractebel corporate units such as Lahmeyer Deutschland, Tractebel DOC and Tractebel Romania will be providing their combined know-how, said the company, adding that one important task will be coordinating the cooperation between the internal and external partners across the various project stages.

This is one of the first EPCM projects for TenneT. Within the framework of the agreement, Tractebel is responsible for the complete project management for the construction of essential parts of the overhead line, including the management and coordination of the planning, design and construction.

COVID-19 also created special challenges for this project right from the onset. Work with the client and the project team on the initial stage kicked off with a virtual workshop.

Dr. Thomas Brandstàƒ¤tt, Chairman of the Management Board at Tractebel Engineering  said the project is an important component in Germany’s energy transition.

“The energy transition in Germany will only be successful if the increase in offshore wind energy and solar energy is integrated with the expansion of the grid. The TenneT A250 grid expansion project is therefore a critical factor in Germany’s drive to achieve its climate goals.”Image 1:

Tractebel is contributing as EPCM partner in the implementation of 145 km long overhead line for TenneT.

Graphic: Route of the new 380 kV Stade-Landesbergen overhead line. Credit: Tractebel

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