• Capabilities: Strategic Environmental Consulting, Environmental Planning
  • Sectors: Power, Administracja centralna

TenneT 380 kV Doetinchem-Wesel

The Netherlands - Germany - To meet the increasing demand of energy, Dutch TSO TenneT B.V. intends to realize a new 380 kV interconnection between Doetinchem (The Netherlands) and Wesel (Germany).

22 Km

line on Dutch territory

10 routes

Extensive assessments (for 10 alternative routes divided into three areas)

An Environmental impact assessment (EIA) is required for new line.

Our client's challenge

The 22 km line crosses several municipalities before reaching the border with Germany. An Environmental impact assessment (EIA) is required for planning consent ("Rijksinpassingsplan - RIP"). The Ministry of Economic Affairs is responsible for the RIP and coordinates all procedures, including the EIA.  TenneT needs to deliver an EIA that meets the requirements of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, can withstand heavy public scrutiny as well as providing the technical and environmental information for their own business case.

Our approach

The EIA suits sound spatial planning and internal decision making. Coordination of procedures required extensive assessments (for 10 alternative routes divided into three areas), balancing and reflecting various stakeholder interests. Cross-border effects and procedural requirements were also addressed effectively. All the information was edited into an EIA suitable for public consultation of the affected local communities. The Netherlands Commission of Environmental Assessment (NCEA) published a very positive review of the EIA. Planning permission is ongoing as well as preparations for the realization.

Outcomes for the client

We helped TenneT reaching a part of its important objectives:

1. To facilitate the transport of renewable energy. Adequate transmission capacity is essential for the growth and success of renewable energy in the western European grid. Direct transportation between the Dutch and German grids can be intensified through the new interconnector.

2. To realize a crucial part of a strong, interconnected, European electricity grid. Additional power link between Germany and the Netherlands is in line with the ambitions of the EU for a stronger and more interconnected European electricity transmission grid.

3. To realize the connection with respect for the environment. The interconnector will influence its surrounding environment. Because of the extensive EIA it was made possible to take appropriate measures to minimize and mitigate these effects.

4. To enhance the level playing field in the internal European electricity market. The Doetinchem - Wesel interconnector, like interconnectors in general, will contribute to the development of the internal European electricity market, which is a main priority in European energy policy.

Outcomes

22 Km

line on Dutch territory

10 routes

Extensive assessments (for 10 alternative routes divided into three areas)

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