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Why install a new power line?

Terna incontraOn 6 December in Cortale, in the province of Catanzaro, we will meet the communities of Cortale, Maida and Girifalco. The project involves a series of strategic works on the electricity grid in Calabria to reinforce and connect the high-voltage grid (150 kV) to the extra high-voltage grid at the 380/150 kV substation in Maida. The works aim to improve the quality of the electricity service in the region which is currently characterised by poor meshing throughout the grid. The power line will not cross residential areas and inconvenience to the communities will be minimal. The works will guarantee adequate levels of energy supply and reduce losses across the entire high-voltage grid.

The project
The plan includes the installation of new electrical links with the 380/150 kV substation in Maida from the existing overhead 150 kV “Girifalco-Jacurso” line. The works involve the construction of a new overhead 150 kV double circuit line covering around 7.5 km between the primary transformer room in Girifalco and the Maida substation. The line will be created with double circuit pyramid-shaped pylons at different heights according to the specific characteristics of the land. Overall, the route will affect the municipalities of Girifalco for around 0.5 km, Cortale for approximately 6.5 km, and Maida for approximately 0.5 km, all in the province of Catanzaro.

The benefits
The completed works will bring numerous benefits for the public: Calabria will be a cleaner region thanks to the increase in energy production from renewable sources and the reduction in CO2 emissions. Furthermore, citizens and businesses will be guaranteed a better service because grid losses will decrease while system safety and flexibility will increase. Special attention will be paid to the environmental impact of the works, which will be kept to a minimum throughout the duration of the project. The land, subsoil and therefore the aquatic and subterranean environment will be protected in every phase of the works.
The stages
After planning and sharing the project with local institutions, Terna will present to the public the works to be implemented once authorisation has been received. This is a fundamental step, because the “Terna Meets” events allow for direct dialogue with the people who live in the regions affected by the new infrastructure: we will illustrate the project, listening to the comments and suggestions of the public with the aim of finding the best solutions. The works are estimated to take place over a total period of around 2 years from the launch of the construction works which, taking into consideration legal compliance issues and the time required to prepare the executive project, will take place around 12 months after the ministerial authorisation has been received.