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New German-Dutch power interconnector gets go-ahead on German side

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Staff Writer | April 12, 2017
Construction work on the German side for the new power interconnector between Doetinchem in the Netherlands and Wesel in Germany can go ahead.
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Power   Amprion told S&P Global Platts
This came after Germany's highest administrative court (BVerwG) confirmed the planning under the country's new grid expansion law with the 380 kV line on track for commissioning in 2018, a spokeswoman for German grid operator Amprion told S&P Global Platts.

Work on the Dutch side is progressing with completion of the 22 km link in the Netherlands scheduled for Q2 2017, Dutch TSO TenneT said.

The decision by the court, which cannot be appealed, confirmed the importance of the planned line under Germany's grid expansion law (EnLAG) and ensures that work on the 35 km link between Wesel just north of the Rhine and the Dutch border can go ahead, it said.

The new 380 kV HVDC cable will boost transmission capacity between Germany and the Netherlands by 1 GW to 2 GW, Amprion said.

The Netherlands remained the biggest "export market" for Germany's electricity surplus with net 15.6 TWh flowing across the border into the Dutch power grid in 2016, grid operator data based on physical flows shows.