Breda,19th July 2016 – SPIE, the independent European leader in multi-technical services in the areas of energy and communications, has been awarded a contract by TenneT to construct a new 380-kV high-voltage substation in Rilland (the Zeeland Province/Region). SPIE is responsible for the technical design and installation of the entire high-voltage substation, including the civil engineering works.
The installation of a new 380-kV high-voltage link between the Borssele and Rilland substations will assist with balancing distribution of the high-voltage connection from the South-West towards the West (between Borssele-Rilland) and the Eastward stretch (between Rilland-Tilburg). The Western area is of particular importance as it will lower the risk of failure due to there being insufficient transmission capacity to meet the production needs. The current network in Zeeland has reached its maximum threshold and therefore there is no capacity left for new energy providers. This expansion is essential, especially after the Minister of Economic Affairs’ announcement of a new wind turbine farm off the coast of Walcheren.
Having signed the contract with TenneT on 14 June 2016, SPIE was able to undertake the engineering work immediately. The installation of the substation will commence on 1 June 2017 and will be substantial covering an area greater than five football fields. The works are due to be completed on 21 December 2018.