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Bickigen – Flumenthal power line to be upgraded

Atel Transmission Ltd. will erect a new 220/132 kV power line linking the substations at Bickigen (BE) and Flumenthal (SO) next year. The new line will increase the security of electricity supplies to the Solothurn region.

Along most of its length the new 220/132 kV line will follow the route of the existing 132 kV line owned by the Industrielle Werke Basel (IWB). For over 70 years, this has linked the substation at Bickigen (community of Wynigen, BE) with the Basel region. Now, the line will be dismantled and replaced by a new 16 km line with a total of 54 masts leading to the substation at Wangen am Aare. Also going up will be a new 220 kV line with 8 masts linking the 1.5 km stretch between the Wangen a. Aare and Flumenthal substations. The Federal Inspectorate for Heavy Current Installations has granted approval for both projects.

The Flumenthal substation operated by Atel Transmission Ltd. supplies electricity to the entire Solothurn region. Until now, its sole feed has been a two-cable 220 kV line from Niedergösgen. Construction of the new lines will provide the Flumenthal substation with an additional feed from Bickigen, thus improving the security of supply.

Dismantling of the existing power line is expected to commence in March 2006.  The new installations should be complete by the end of 2007. The costs are estimated  at around 22 million Swiss francs.

Aare-Tessin Ltd. for Electricity Corporate Communications 

Aare-Tessin Ltd. for Electricity (Atel)
Aare-Tessin Ltd. for Electricity (Atel) is the leading production-based energy service provider in Switzerland and operates at a pan-European level. Founded in 1894, Atel focuses on the two core businesses of production-based Energy Trading and Energy Services. The group of companies, domiciled in Olten, employs a staff of around 8000 and generated a turnover of CHF 7 billion in 2004. Its main markets in the energy sector are Switzerland, Italy, Germany and the Central and Eastern European countries. Its goods and services range from portfolio management and group energy supplies, to energy derivatives and option contracts, to establishing distribution concepts involving other partners. Trading and distribution are supported by a number of proprietary hydraulic and thermal power stations plus a broadly ramified transmission grid. With its Energy Services Division, Atel provides all technical services pertaining to energy (electricity, gas, oil and biomass) and its uses as power, lighting, cooling and heating, communication and security. Atel is among the leading providers of Energy Services in both Switzerland and Germany.