Since 7 October, electricity has been flowing through the 400 kV power line between Bescanó and Santa Llogaia. This marks a step further towards the new electricity interconnection between France and Spain. Santa Llogaia is the location of the converter station for the interconnection implemented by INELFE, a joint venture between Red Eléctrica de España (REE) and Réseau de Transport d’Électricité (RTE). This interconnection will make it possible to double the power exchange capacity between the two countries.
Thanks to the interconnection, the new 400 kV line between Bescanó and Santa Llogaia, constructed by REE in less than a year, will increase and improve the capacity to supply power to the Gerona province in Spain, especially in the capital and the central Costa Brava region, and will increase the power supply to the high speed train and the Alt Empordà region.
The project, representing an investment of 66 million euros, was made possible through dialogue and the consensus reached among the 16 municipalities situated along the route, with the agreement of most of the 400 landowners. More specifically, one of the main factors that allowed an agreement to be reached was the adoption of environmental measures for the new line, including merging it with the 220 kV line between Bescanó and Sant Julià de Ramis and the 132 kV line between Sant Julià de Ramis and Santa Llogaia. In practical terms, this will mean dismantling more than a hundred pylons when all the installations between Sentmenat and Baixàs are put into service.
The Bescanó-Santa Llogaia line extends over 44 kilometres and has 110 pylons. The project has two substations, one of which is still at the project stage in Sant Julià de Ramis and the other, in Santa Llogaia, which has been completed.