France to bury 25 % of new high voltage power lines

Feb 18, 2002 01:00 AM

France is to bury 25 % of its new high voltage electricity lines under ground under a new agreement, grid operator RTE said. The agreement covers 375 km of high voltage lines of 63,000 and 90,000 V from a total of 1,500 km of cable to be laid in the next three years, RTE said.
The agreement was signed by the president of Electricite de France, the ministries of the environment and industry and RTE. The grid manager has also pledged to reduce the existing network of high voltage overhead lines, currently 100,000 km long.

Burying lines on a massive scale would cost EdF "ten of millions" of euros, according to local reports. Burying the lines will cost about EUR 90 mm ($ 78.5 mm) more than installing overhead lines, RTE said.

Source: Platts
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