50 Hertz opens EUR-93m power line in northern Germany
Dec 19, 2012 - German network operator 50 Hertz on Tuesday opened a 380-kV high voltage power line designed to supply the Hamburg metropolitan area with energy from offshore wind parks.
The line, which took almost 10 years to develop and build, will transmit green energy from wind parks in the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania state and the Baltic. The line, stretching 89 kilometres (55 miles), had cost about EUR 93 million (USD 123m) to complete.
The link had originally been planned to connect the Kruemmel nuclear power plant near Hamburg with Schwerin.
The inauguration was attended by Chancellor Angela Merkel and Erwin Sellering, governor of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania state.
Merkel said the grid should be considerably expanded to meet the challenges connected with Germany's move away from conventional energy sources.