Project Mercator 380 kV is an important link as part of Elia’s large-scale Brabo project. This Brabo project provides for a reinforcement of the high voltage network in Belgium, more specifically in the region of the Port of Antwerp. Among other things, existing 150 kV overhead lines will be upgraded to 380 kV. This reinforcement and modernisation of the 380 kV high voltage network involves far-reaching changes for the high voltage stations. The biggest adjustments will happen in the Mercator station, where the upgraded 380 kV lines, as well as the existing feed lines from the Doel nuclear power plant, arrive.
In the Mercator high voltage station, three completely new entries are to be built, along with a new coupling field that can connect and disconnect the incoming and outgoing lines in the 380 kV network. The creation and construction of the new line entries are part of the enhancement of the capacity of the high voltage station. In addition to the new elements in this station, in the next few years a great deal of renovation work is planned that will contribute towards the general modernisation of Elia’s 380 kV network.