Schelle-Malderen-Mechelen

 


July 2019

Update on the work on the underground cable connection along Maldersesteenweg

Work on laying an underground cable connection along Maldersesteenweg is progressing according to schedule. Before the construction sector’s summer break begins on 19 July, a permanent asphalt coating will be applied to the road surface by the first two sections of cable and temporary repairs will be carried out on the road between trenches J2A and J3A so that traffic can travel along the entire length of Maldersesteenweg during the break. Work on Maldersesteenweg, Koeisteert and Stuikberg will resume on 5 August with a view to reopening the whole road to all traffic in mid-October. 

Asphalting work by the first two sections of cable

In the week of 8 to 12 July, the contractor will apply a permanent asphalt coating to the road surface of Maldersesteenweg by the first two sections of cable (Malderen substation – J1A and J1A – J2A). Note that work will still be under way in two areas measuring around 20 m each, by trenches J1A and J2A. Speed limits have been set in these areas in the interests of road safety.

Temporary repair of road surface at cable section J2A – J3A

The road surface between trenches J2A and J3A will be repaired temporarily in the week of 15 July to allow traffic to travel along the entire length of Maldersesteenweg during the construction sector’s summer break (19 July to 5 August).  

Trench J3A at Doofmeer

Trench J3A will remain open during the construction sector’s summer break, so it will not be possible to access Doofmeer from that side between 19 July and 5 August. This trench cannot be closed until the cables for stage 4 have been pulled. 

Schedule following the construction sector’s summer break

Work will resume on 5 August and will focus on the remaining part (stage 4) of the cable route along Maldersesteenweg, Koeisteert and Stuikberg (up to Zavelstraat). Barring any unforeseen circumstances (such as unfavourable weather), the entire road should be reopened to all traffic in mid-October. 

April 2019

Work in Maldersesteenweg brought forward

In March 2019, Elia started the first stage (Malderen - J1A cable section) of the project to lay a new underground connection from the Malderen high-voltage substation. Since this first stage is going smoothly and is ahead of schedule, Elia has decided to start the second stage in Maldersesteenweg (J1A - J2A cable section) earlier than planned. This work was not supposed to begin until the end of April 2019.

This means that Elia can combine the road surface removal work in Maldersesteenweg for the two cable sections, minimising disruption. After pulling the underground cable during the first stage (Malderen - J1A cable section), Elia will immediately start constructing an open trench for the second stage (J1A - J2A cable section).

The schedule currently remains unchanged for all other cable sections. 

 

February 2019

Elia informs local residents about the laying of underground high-voltage cables along Maldersesteenweg in Londerzeel

An information session about the start of work on Maldersesteenweg in Londerzeel was held at the Gerard Walschap community centre on Tuesday, 26 February. People living near the worksite and other interested parties were invited to drop by any time between 7.00 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. for more information about the diversion that would be set up and the method used to lay the cable. With over 70 attendees, the session was a resounding success. 

 

Work is due to begin at the Malderen high-voltage substation on 18 March. The worksite will then gradually move along Maldersesteenweg and Koeisteert towards Sint-Jozef. The first stage of the work will end at the junction with Stuikberg and will run until the construction sector’s summer break in July. Once this break past, work in the Londerzeel area will continue until October.

Elia will hold an information session in due course to inform local residents about the next stages of the project (work along Zavelstraat and Hogedreef towards Willebroek), which are due to launch after the summer break. 

February 2019

Underground cable connection through Londerzeel: Elia to organise an information session about accessibility during the work

The Belgian high-voltage system operator Elia and the Londerzeel municipal authorities are holding an information session on Tuesday 26 February to discuss the work that will be carried out on Maldersesteenweg, between Broekstraat and Sint-Jozefstraat, in Londerzeel. Elia is due to begin laying a 150-kV underground cable connection there in mid-March, with work set to continue until July according to the current schedule. While the work is going on, through traffic will be diverted between Malderen and Sint-Jozef.

Project managers representing Elia and the contractor carrying out the work will be at the information session to answer questions about the diversion, access to residences, and the exact schedule for the work. They will also be able to provide information about the broader context of the work.

The information session will be held in the Gerard Walschap community centre at Sint-Jozefstraat 44. Interested parties can drop in any time between 7 p.m. and 8.30 p.m.

July 2018

Public consultation begins on 150kV Malderen-Tisselt-Mechelen cable

On 5 July 2018 the Environment Department declared that the permit application for the 150kV underground cable between Malderen and Mechelen was complete. This 150kV cable is one of the four subprojects in the Schelle-Malderen-Mechelen project and will run through the towns of Londerzeel, Willebroek, Puurs, Kapelle-op-den-Bos and Mechelen.

A public consultation process is under way as part of the permit application procedure. This will give local residents 30 days to submit their comments (in writing) about the project to their town council. The public consultation has begun for the municipalities of Londerzeel, Willebroek, Puurs and Mechelen and Kapelle-op-den-Bos.

September 2017

112 people attend information sessions in Londerzeel and Tisselt

Elia organised two information sessions in Londerzeel and Tisselt on 12 and 14 September. During these events, Elia employees spoke to local residents about the approach adopted, the action taken to limit disruption, and the schedule of the project. 112 interested parties in total visited the sessions (55 in Londerzeel and 57 in Tisselt). More information about the further course of the project is provided under 'Planning'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detailed maps of the 150-kV cable between Malderen and Mechelen are available under 'Environment'.

August 2017

To ensure that local residents are as well informed as possible, Elia is inviting them to the information session on the Schelle-Malderen-Mechelen project. Elia is organising two information sessions that local residents can attend at any time between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on the following dates and at the following locations:

  • Tuesday 12 September
    Gemeenschapscentrum Gerard Walschap
    Sint-Jozefstraat 44
    1840 Londerzeel (Sint-Jozef)
  • Thursday 14 September
    Parochiecentrum Tisselt
    Beekstraat 31
    2830 Tisselt

During these events Elia will reflect on the purpose of the work and schedule of the project. Residents will also have the opportunity to put their questions to the project managers.

The project 

The Schelle-Malderen-Mechelen project comprises four subprojects:

  • The upgrade of three high-voltage substations in Schelle, Malderen and Tisselt

The high-voltage substations in Schelle, Malderen and Tisselt will be upgraded to 150 kV to continue guaranteeing the security of supply in the Mechelen region in the future.

  • The demolition of the existing 70-kV overhead line between Schelle and Mechelen

As this line has come to the end of its service life, it is being demolished. Other lines can take over the transmission of electricity.

  •  The laying of a new 150-kV cable connection between Malderen, Tisselt and Mechelen

This new connection is intended to continue guaranteeing the security of supply in the Mechelen region in the future. It is also more efficient, guaranteeing the energy supply in the Mechelen region even after the demolition of the 70-kV overhead line between Schelle and Mechelen.

  •  The demolition of the existing 70-kV overhead line between Malderen, Tisselt and Mechelen

This 70-kV connection has come to the end of its service life and is being replaced by the new 150-kV cable connection between Malderen, Tisselt and Mechelen.

Planning 

Elia has devised a schedule for every part of the project. Here is the schedule for each of the subprojects:

Upgrade of three 70-kV substations in Schelle, Malderen and Tisselt

The upgrade of the Malderen substation began in spring 2017, while work on the Schelle substation is scheduled for mid-2017. Work on upgrading the substation in Tisselt is currently planned for mid-2018.  

Demolition of the 70-kV Schelle-Mechelen overhead line

This work began on 13 February. The 16-km-long line passes through the municipalities of Schelle, Niel, Aartselaar, Rumst and Mechelen. The mast conductors/wires are currently being removed. Once we have received the necessary permits we will begin demolishing the masts. Elia expects demolition to be complete by late 2017.

Laying of the new 150-kV Malderen-Tisselt-Mechelen line

Work on laying the underground cable connection between Mechelen, Tisselt and Malderen will start in mid-March 2019 and is expected to end in mid-2020.

Demolition of the 70-kV Malderen-Mechelen overhead line

The demolition of the 70-kV line between Malderen and Mechelen can begin once the new 150-kV cable connection between the two has been commissioned. A transition substation will be built first. Work is scheduled to begin in spring 2019 and end in autumn that same year. The demolition of the 70-kV line between Mechelen and Malderen will start once the transition substation is complete. Demolition is currently scheduled to begin in early 2020 and end in summer 2020.

Works 

Upgrade of three 70-kV substations in Schelle, Malderen and Tisselt

In addition to the high-voltage lines, the substations in Schelle, Malderen and Tisselt also need to be upgraded to guarantee the security of supply in the Mechelen region. Work on the Schelle and Malderen substations has already begun. The upgrade of the substation in Tisselt is scheduled between mid-2018 and mid-2020.

Demolition of the 70-kV Schelle-Mechelen overhead line

The 70-kV line between Schelle and Mechelen has reached the end of its service life. In Elia's vision for the future, energy will be supplied by other lines and cables, meaning that the existing 70-kV line between Mechelen and Schelle will no longer be required. As a result, Elia has begun dismantling it.

This involves demolishing the entire line between Schelle and Mechelen, including the high-voltage line and all bar four masts. These four masts are equipped with antennae and will be upgraded to communication masts to continue guaranteeing good mobile phone reception.

Three masts are located in Schelle: one on Molenstraat (Mertens garage), one on Kerremansstraat (Mermans farm) and one on Rumstsestraat (next to the cemetery). The fourth is situated in front of the De Lijn bus depot in Mechelen.

Laying of the new 150-kV Malderen-Tisselt-Mechelen cable

Elia is laying a new 150-kV underground cable connection between Mechelen, Tisselt and Malderen. This new cable will pass through the municipalities of Londerzeel, Willebroek, Puurs, Kapelle-op-den-Bos and Mechelen. Laying a new 150-kV cable will mean that the existing 70-kV overhead lines between Mechelen and Schelle and between Mechelen and Malderen will no longer be required in future to guarantee the region’s security of supply.

Work on this connection will begin in March 2019 and run until mid-2020. The image below shows the exact route taken by the connection and explains where and when work will take place. Please note that the schedule provided here is indicative and may change due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g. unfavourable weather conditions).


  

The new 150-kV cable will run from the substation in Malderen to Leest, via the substation in Tisselt. Elia is building a transition pylon in Leest to link the underground cable with the overhead line. There will still be an overhead line between Leest and Mechelen.

Demolition of the 70-kV Malderen-Mechelen overhead line

Elia is also dismantling the 70-kV overhead line between Mechelen and Malderen. This line has come to the end of its service life and therefore needs to be replaced. Energy will instead be supplied by the recently laid 150-kV cable between Malderen, Tisselt and Mechelen, meaning that the existing overhead line (which passes through the municipalities of Londerzeel, Willebroek, Kapelle-op-den-Bos and Mechelen) can be demolished. Work is currently scheduled to begin in the second half of 2019. A transition substation will first be built to connect the new 150-kV underground cable with the 150-kV overhead line. Work is expected to start in spring 2019 and will continue until autumn. Elia will then begin demolishing the 70-kV line between Malderen and Mechelen. This work will begin in early 2020 and end in summer that same year.

Environment 

Elia is working on its connections and substations along several routes. Each of the four subprojects have their own route.

  

  • Upgrade of three 70-kV substations in Schelle, Malderen and Tisselt

This work will take place in Schelle, Malderen and Tisselt.

  • Demolition of the 70-kV Schelle-Mechelen overhead line

This 70-kV line is 16-km long and comprises 82 masts. It passes through the municipalities of Schelle, Niel, Aartselaar, Rumst and Mechelen.

  • Laying of the new 150-kV Malderen-Tisselt-Mechelen line

The underground section of this new line crosses the municipalities of Londerzeel, Willebroek, Puurs, Kapelle-op-den-Bos and Mechelen.

Most of the new 150-kV cable runs underground, although it will continue to follow the overhead route between Leest and Mechelen. Elia is building a transition substation in Leest that will connect the underground cable with the overhead line.

  • Demolition of the 70-kV Malderen-Mechelen overhead line

This line also passes through Londerzeel, Willebroek, Puurs, Kapelle-op-den-Bos and Mechelen.

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