Decision on sections D between Gerstungen and Arnstein or Bergrheinfeld / West

The Federal Network Agency has completed the federal technical planning for Sections D of the SuedLink. The decision relates to the sections between Gerstungen and Arnstein (project 3) or Gerstungen and Bergrheinfeld / West (project 4).

The Federal Network Agency largely follows the proposal of the project developers TenneT TSO GmbH and TransnetBW GmbH. The specified route corridor begins between Gerstungen and Eisenach in Thuringia near the state border with Hesse. It then runs in a south-easterly and south-westerly direction and crosses the Thuringian-Bavarian border north of Mellrichstadt. He then follows Autobahn 71 to the north of Poppenhausen. This is where the courses split up.

The route corridor for project 3 runs south of Oerlenbach initially to the west via an alternative proposal submitted in the process. From there it runs along the proposed road corridor of the developer in a south-westerly direction to the end of the section at Arnstein. Proposals from the involvement of the authorities and the public led to two small-scale swivelling near Schwemmelsbach and Büchold.

The route corridor for project 4 follows the proposal of the project developer up to the Bergrheinfeld / West substation.

The specified route corridor section for project 3 has a length of approx. 137 km, for project 4 approx. 129 km. The decisions are published at www.netzausbau.de/beteiligung3-D or www.netzausbau.de/beteiligung4-D

Next Steps

After the completion of the federal planning, the plan approval procedures follow. In this approval step, the exact course of the line within the route corridor and the technical implementation of the power line is determined.

According to the knowledge of the Federal Network Agency, the project developers have already prepared the documents for the plan approval applications in parallel with the federal sectoral planning process and are likely to submit the relevant applications shortly.

For Sections B (Scheeßel- Bad Gandersheim / Seesen) and C (Bad Gandersheim / Seesen – Gerstungen), the federal planning decisions are also being prepared in order to be able to start the planning approval procedures quickly.

Background information

The SuedLink is intended to transport offshore wind power from the North Sea to the southern German metropolitan areas on the Main and Neckar. The connection is implemented by the two transmission network operators TenneT and TransnetBW.

SuedLink consists of two projects and will begin in Wilster and Brünsbüttel; The endpoints are the network nodes Bergrheinfeld and Großgartach. Both projects are planned and implemented in parallel across large areas. SuedLink is divided into several planning sections

The project will be implemented as an underground cable with a capacity of up to 4 GW. Commissioning is planned for 2026.

Source: https://www.bundesnetzagentur.de/
Image source: Courtesy of The Federal Network Agency

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