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East European High-Speed Line (Ligne à Grande Vitesse Est - LGV) Power Connection Project.

Source: RTE 27/05/2003

RTE is entrusted with the electrical connection of the 5 substations powering the East European High-Speed Line. The consultation documents concerning the Cuperly substation are available on the Web.

What is the scope of the project headed by RTE?

At the request of the Réseau Ferré de France, RTE has launched the project for the power supply of the five substations of the 1st part of the East European High-Speed Line covering a distance of 300 km between Vaires sur Marne and Baudrecourt (Moselle). The location of these substations has been decided by RFF. They are spread out about every 60 km in the departments of Seine et Marne, Aisne, Marne, Meuse and Meurthe et Moselle.
The aim is to connect the substations to the RTE Extra High Voltage network for 2005.

How far has consultation advanced?

The project for the electrical connection of the Cuperly substation (east of Reims in the Marne department) is now in the consultation stage.
In September 2002, the study area was presented, within a local consultation body presided over by the Prefect of the Marne, to the elected representatives, State departments, social and professional entities and to the associations. At the end of the presentation, the Prefect of the Marne confirmed the proposed study area.

The following documents are appended:

- the project presentation file with the associated connection study proposal,
- a "memento" intended for the consultation parties and the general public and drawn up so as to present the stakes of the project and selected study area.

How far have the studies advanced?

The environmental and technical studies have subsequently got under way in this territory.
RTE entrusted this task to the design firm GEONOMIE - independent expert - which draw up an initial status of the study area.
This initial status identifies all of the environmental characteristics of the study area: the natural environment, urbanism, technical infrastructures and rights of way, economic activities including agriculture and landscape.

The following is appended:

- the document featuring the presentation and justification of the options (or zones) of the Cuperly connection.

What is the next stage?

The map representation of these environmental characteristics helps show the possible zones of each of the planned connections.
Many meetings and discussions with all of the consultation parties have made it possible to explain the studies and zone projects, as well as to get better acquainted with and identify local expectations.
Thus, after these close contacts and with full knowledge of the facts, the local consultation body will be able to come to a decision as to the choice of the zone of least impact.
A route will then be sought within this zone.