Today, the transmission system operator TenneT officially submitted the approval documents for the last SuedLink section in TenneT’s project area to the Federal Network Agency. It runs in Schleswig-Holstein from Brunsbüttel and Wilster converter sites to Wewelsfleth on the Elbe. All SuedLink sections in the north, between Schleswig-Holstein and southern Lower Saxony, are at the end of their approval process or are already under construction. In accordance with the legal deadlines, the outstanding building permits are expected to be issued in the course of 2024 and the beginning of 2025.

This latest filing adds to a growing list of visible progress made by SuedLink in 2023 at TenneT: the completion of the cable warehouses and delivery of the first cable drums, the receipt of the building permit for the converter station in Brunsbüttel and the start of construction of SuedLink on the Elbe crossing.

“We have started construction on the Elbe, and our other sections will soon follow. By submitting the documents for the final TenneT section, we officially mark the end of our SuedLink approval phase,” said TenneT COO Tim Meyerjürgens. “This is an important sign of the timely implementation of SuedLink. We at TenneT are prepared and look forward to construction because this is where the energy transition becomes a reality. We have our sights firmly set on the SuedLink commissioning in 2028.”

Further data on the approval section submitted today

The submitted section in Schleswig-Holstein runs from the converter locations and network connection points in Wilster and Brunsbüttel to the municipal border of Wewelsfleth. SuedLink touches the communities of Brunsbüttel, Büttel, Sankt Margarethen, Dammfleth, Brokdorf, Nortorf, Wilster and Wewelsfleth. The documents contain a detailed description of the pipeline route, construction methods and the required land. Another central component of the documents is carefully considering the central concerns that affect, among other things, people, the environment and the soil. The proposed SuedLink route was discussed and optimised together with owners and the local public.

The Federal Network Agency is now responsible for the further approval process with formal public participation. It is expected to publish the plans at in the first quarter of 2024 and listen to public concerns and the public. This procedural step makes it possible to comment on the plans in writing and, if necessary, to discuss them at a meeting. The Federal Network Agency will then weigh up the arguments and issue the planning approval decision.

About SuedLink

With a length of around 700 kilometres and an investment sum of ten billion euros, SuedLink is the central infrastructure project of the energy transition in Germany. All project sections are in the planning approval process, in which the final pipeline route is determined, and some are already under construction. At SuedLink, TenneT is responsible for the northern section of the route and the converters in Schleswig-Holstein and Bavaria. TransnetBW is responsible for the southern section of the route and the converter in Baden-Württemberg.

About TenneT

TenneT is a leading European network operator. We are committed to providing a safe and reliable power supply – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We are helping to shape the energy transition – for a sustainable, reliable and affordable energy future. As the first cross-border transmission system operator, we plan, build and operate an almost 25,000 kilometre-long high and extra-high voltage network in the Netherlands and large parts of Germany and enable the European energy market with our 17 interconnectors to neighbouring countries. With sales of 9.8 billion euros and total assets of 41 billion euros, we are one of the largest investors in national and international power grids, on land and at sea. Every day, our 7,400 employees do their best and, in keeping with our values ​​of responsibility, courage and networking, ensure that more than 43 million end consumers can rely on a stable power supply.

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