After some turmoil between the municipalities involved and the scheduled summer break, LEW distribution network GmbH (LVN) is continuing the renewal of the 110 kV line between Bidingen and Schongau in these weeks.
Work is currently underway on the Bidingen-Schwabbruck section.
It should go online this year.
Ingenried / Schwabbruck
Ingenried / Schwabbruck
- It was more than a difference of opinion that burdened the good relationship between the member communities of the Altenstadt administrative community for a while.
From Altenstadt and Schwabsoien there was criticism of the neighboring town of Schwabbruck.
For years, the village had persistently blocked the LVN plans to lead a new power line south past Schwabbruck.
The lines are currently hanging between Schwabbruck and Schwabsoien.
And that won't change in the future either.
Negotiations about an underground solution in the south failed because of the high costs.
Ultimately, the LVN had no choice but to plan a renewal of the existing route - albeit with an "optimized" route.
The fact that work on the Bidingen-Schwabbruck section has only now been resumed has nothing to do with the dispute between the neighboring towns that has now been settled.
The work had to pause from April to October, "because a particularly large amount of electricity from hydropower and photovoltaics is fed in in the region during this period," said the LVN.
"So that the electricity generated in the region could also be transported away, the line had to be available with maximum capacity," it says.
The old masts have been around for a few decades.
According to LVN, they were built in the 1950s.
And the line has "reached the end of its technical lifespan".
The new route will have a higher transmission capacity and will be "future-proof".
Most of the masts were erected before the summer break
13 of the total of 19 masts had already been erected before the summer break.
All of them have a different appearance than their predecessors: The Bidingen-Schwabbruck section is the first in the LVN network area to be implemented entirely with solid steel masts instead of lattice masts, reports the energy provider, who agreed with the Ingenried community.
LVN is therefore initially building new foundations in addition to the existing mast locations.
Then the solid steel masts are erected with the help of a truck crane.
The old masts will be dismantled and the new conductor cables will be pulled in.
Finally, the new masts are given a coating to protect against corrosion.
The network customers do not notice any of this: Since the 110 kV connection has two independent current-carrying systems, it is possible to leave one system connected to the network while the other is being worked on, the experts explain.
The line section remains connected to the network during all construction phases.
Power line is an important east-west connection
According to LVN, the power line is part of the important east-west connection between the Bidingen and Schongau substations and "of central importance for the region's power supply".
The renewal of the third and last section between Schwabbruck and Schongau could, as reported, begin in September 2021 at the earliest.
The electricity supplier wants to apply for the approval procedure for this before the turn of the year.
"In coordination with the municipalities and property owners in Schwabbruck, Schwabsoien and Altenstadt, a route has been developed that moves a little further away from existing residential developments," emphasize those responsible at LVN.
They didn't have it easy: As reported several times, the municipal council in Schwabsoien rejected a first draft because the new route would have moved closer to the place.
That "completely knocked out the bottom of the barrel," rumbled former mayor Siegfried Neumann.
LVN rescheduled: The lines should now span a wetland and move away from Schwabsoien.
They will disappear into the ground southwest of Altenstadt.
The municipality has to bear the additional costs for the underground cables itself.
The local council grudgingly released around 500,000 euros for this.