50Hertz seeks views on its revised Hansa PowerBridge proposal

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 09/09/2022 50Hertz

50Hertz, transmission system operator in the north and east of Germany, announced the start of new consultation round for revised application documents in scope of planning approval procedure for its Hansa PowerBridge project.

In 2021, 50Hertz applied for a planning approval procedure for the construction and operation of the Hansa PowerBridge, a cross-border submarine cable, as direct current (DC) cable between Germany and Sweden in coastal waters.

As a result of the corresponding participation by the public and the authorities regarding this application, 50Hertz made changes to the planned route in the area of the 'Darßer Schwelle' area, which is protected under the Habitats Directive (FFH area), as well as other updates.

The new route will completely avoid reef areas in the FFH area. It claims this will further reduce the impact on the environment and nature. The authority in charge of the procedure, the Ministry of Economics, Infrastructure, Tourism and Labour of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, is therefore starting up a new round of participation by the public and the authorities to collect statements on the project.

The planned offshore cable route is approximately 105 kilometres long and crosses the coastal waters as well as the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) over a distance of around 80 kilometres. The Hansa PowerBridge is planned as a high voltage direct current (HVDC) line between Germany and Sweden and is approximately 300 kilometres long.

The revised planning documents are disclosed as an online publication, available until 4 October 2022.