Federal Network Agency: Further Delay in Grid Expansion

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has published quarterly figures of the agency’s monitoring of the process of gird expansion projects of the Energy Line Extension Act (EnLAG). These quarterly figures showed that most of the 24 extra-high voltage power line projects which receive priority treatment under the Energy Line Extension Act (EnLAG) are delayed.

Mr Homann, president of BNetzA, stressed that the expansion of the extra-high voltage power lines have to speed up urgently. Already the data for the first quarter of 2012 had given cause for concern. But the continued slow expansion shows that urgent action is required, Mr Homann said.

The nationwide grid expanision figures remained unchanged in the second quarter of 2012 compared to May. Only 214 km of the 1.834 km of extra-high voltage power line projects pursuant to EnLAG have so far been built. In 2012, only an additional 35 kilometers are expected to be added. Only two of the 24 planned lines have already been put into operation. It is expected that 15 of the 24 projects are delayed by one to five years.

Inter alia the commissioning of the EnLAG projects Lauchstädt-Redwitz and Redwitz-Grafenrheinfeld will be delayed by another year, due to the complexity of the process. Positive, however, is the start of construction in the Schleswig-Holstein part of the line Hamburg/Krümmel-Schwerin and the construction progress of the line between Osterath and Weißenthurm, Mr Homann said.

BNetzA monitors the progress of the 24 EnLAG projects and publishes the results on a quarterly basis on the website:  www.netzausbau.de

Source: Federal Network Agency

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