Interview with Raul Gil, Chairman Europacable Utilities Board

Raul Gil, Chairman of the Europacable Utilities Board recorded the following interview in the context of the final conference of the eHighway2050 Project held in Brussels on 3rd November 2015.

Mr. Gil elaborates on the question how undergrounding can help to facilitate public acceptance of new power transmission projects, thereby addressing the key bottleneck to timely grid constructions in Europe.

Please click here to watch the interview.





Europacable moves!

This week, Europacable has moved to its new offices!

From now on you will find us at:

58, rue Marie de Bourgogne
1000 Brussels.

We´re looking forward to welcoming you there!

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Europacable supports COP 21 ambitions

Europacable supports the ambitions of the COP21 UN climate change conference currently under way in Paris

Our industry, through its involvement in the energy and transition and transformation of power systems, is at the core of these stake to ensure better transmission and distribution of electricity across Europe.

Pascal Portevin, Chairman of the Europacable Executive Board, has answered our questions about this key topic.

Please click here to watch the video interview.


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Undergrounding to become standard option for Europe´s future grids

On Wednesday, 18 November, Marian Harkin MEP hosted the breakfast briefing “Undergrounding Power Grids” in the European Parliament. Participants included various Members of the European Parliament, the European Commission DG Energy as well as numerous stakeholders involved in the European grid debate.  

Set in the context of the European Parliament´s Own Initiative Report on the Interconnection Targets, Mrs. Harkin stressed that: “It´s clear, Europe needs more grids. At the same time, however, in our constituencies, we as MEPs witness more and more opposition to overhead lines. I have invited Europacable to update us on the latest developments in underground cable technology so that we understand how to build Europe´s future grids in an environmentally and socially acceptable manner.”

Mr. Raul Gil, Chairman of the Europacable Utilities Board, welcomed the opportunity to share the latest developments: “Underground and submarine cable technology is fully available to complement overhead lines in sensitive areas and hence facilitate the public acceptance of power transmission lines in Europe.”

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Marian Harkin, MEP, Tomasz Jerzyniak DG Energy and Raul Gil, Europacable

“With new underground projects being rolled out across Europe proof is given that undergrounding should finally become a standard option in the TSO´s toolbox”, Mr. Gil stressed.

A new legislative proposal aiming for more undergrounding in Germany shows that costs to the end consumer are marginal: A recent study conducted by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs concludes that the average consumer will face an increase of 3,40 to 9,10 euros per year on his electricity bill due to undergrounding. The cost to society of not having these lines due to further delays would be significantly higher, Mr. Gil pointed out.

Mr. Gil concluded: With over 70.000 people generating a turnover over € 20 billion in 2014, the wire and cable industry will not be the bottleneck to build Europe´s 2050 power transmission grids - neither technological nor capacity-wise. We are ready to deliver. All we call for is a stable regulatory framework which allows us to properly forecast our investments.”


European power sector says YES to an ambitious global agreement at COP21 in Paris

Joint communiqué to the Executive Secretary, Mrs Figueres, and to the 196 parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; copied to Mr Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President for the Energy Union, European Commission and Mr Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, European Commission

The European power system is in the midst of transformative change. This change is driven by a shared climate agenda. To meet the climate agenda, the following ingredients are essential: higher energy efficiency; generation largely and increasingly based on renewable energy sources; electrification of transport, heating and cooling;  an  efficiently used and where necessary expanded high voltage grid respectful of nature conservation objectives; smarter transmission and distribution grids;  smart meters; empowered consumers via demand side response; electricity storage; and a fit for purpose interface between the transmission and distribution levels of the electricity system. All these components are key to fighting global warming and creating a sustainable power system for the 21st century.

The signatories of this joint communiqué actively and concretely support the energy transition. Today they urge the 196 parties to the COP21/CM11 as well as the European Union to agree on a strong climate agenda. This is the very condition for a future-proof and ambitious regulatory framework able to drive the necessary public and private investment in the power sector to effectively and rapidly fight climate change.

We must act now!

Please click here to access the joint statement

 All the nations of the world gathering in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015 for the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 11th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol are expected to reach an agreement for limiting global warming. Such universal agreement is a must. 11 associations[i] active in the European energy sector urge the 196 parties to the Convention to reach an ambitious agreement at the end of this 21st session.


Europacable to contribute to Breakfast Briefing "Undergrounding Power Grids" hosted by Marian Harkin MEP, European Parliament, Brussels, 18 November

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Cable industry ready to deliver Europe´s future grids: Europacable speaks at final eHighway2050 conference

Yesterday, Raul Gil, Chairman of the Europacable Utilities Board represented Europacable at the final eHighway2050 conference “Unveiling the Electricity Highways Project Results: Europe’s Future Secure and Sustainable Electricity Infrastructure” held in Brussels. After 40 months of intense work, the Commission funded project concluded that close to zero emission by 2050 means 100 to 400 billion € investment in electricity transmission.

Looking into Europe´s future grid, partial undergrounding and submarine cables complementing overhead lines in sensitive areas will play a vital role in grid deployment to enhance public acceptance of power transmission lines. We hope that all stakeholders understand this message in Europe Mr. Gil stated in his opening message to an audience gathering senior policy makers, regulators and technical experts from across Europe.

The e-Highway2050 clearly identified that Europe needs to expand its electricity transmission grids by 2050 to match the increase in electricity generation, notably wind and solar. “Whatever the European energy landscape will look like in 2050, it appears indispensable for the security and affordability of the power system to reinforce the connections of the North and the South with the Central Continental areas in Europe”, said Gerald Sanchis, e-Highway2050 coordinator.

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“Industry is here to deliver Europe´s future grids” was the key message of Mr. Gil´s intervention. Europe´s cable manufacturers are the global technology leaders in the wire and cable business: “With over 70.000 people generating a turnover over € 20 billion in 2014, the wire and cable industry will not be the bottleneck to build Europe´s 2050 power transmission grids - neither technological nor capacity-wise. We are ready to deliver. All we call for is a stable regulatory framework which allows us to properly forecast our investments”, he stressed. 


With a view to the eHighway2050 Consortium Mr. Gil pointed out that Europacable has been very committed to co-operate in the project as its targets are fully aligned with Europacable objectives: building reliable, state of the art electricity infrastructure is one of the core pillars to define Europe´s future competitiveness, both for Europe´s societies and industries.

Mr. Gil concluded: “We are convinced that the outcome of the work presented here today will contribute to building the right grids for Europe. Europacable remains fully committed to continuing this dialogue moving into the future to ensure that the required electricity highways are built on time and on budget.”

Please click here to watch the summary video and here to have further background information on the eHighway2050 project finding


Europacable speaks at 2015 ICF Congress

Last week, Europacable had the opportunity to present it`s Industry Charter in the context of the International Cablemakers Federation (ICF) at the 2015 congress in Washington D.C.

The ICF congress is the leading global plattform of the wire and cable industry.Europacable outlined its member´s committment to quality adopted earlier this year.

Click here to access the ICF website.


NEW DATE: Europacable General Assembly, 25 May 2016

Europacable President, Mr. Valerio Battista, is pleased to announce that the  2016 Europacable General Assembly will be held in Brussels on Wednesday, 25 May 2016.


As it has become our tradition, we will be hosting the Europacable Cocktail the evening before, i.e. Tuesday, 24 May 2016. Details will follow in due course.

We look forward to welcoming you in Brussels!

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Europacable co-moderates roundtable on undergrounding criteria at Final Best Grid Conference, Brussels

This Wednesday, Europacable co-moderated the roundtable debate “Overhead lines and underground cabling: Criteria for the use of underground cable technology on the extra high voltage level” in the context of the final BESTGRID Conference “Implementing Projects of Common Interest” hosted by the Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI) in Brussels.

As a first step, the discussion provided an overview of different legislative frameworks currently in place in EU Member States to enable (or not) partial undergrounding of extra-high voltage transmission lines. In a second step, criteria where identified which serve to decide when to underground. These include environmental, spatial, technical and cost aspects.

Participants from TSOs, Regulators and civil society concluded that it would be benefitial to align thinking on these approaches across Europe, notably when it comes to the implementation of cross border projects, including PCIs.  

Please click here for more information on the conference.

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Europacable welcomes publication of EN 50575

Today, the European Commission has today published EN 50575 laying down harmonised conditions for the marketing of construction products for “Power, control and communication cables for general applications in construction works subject to reaction to fire requirements”  in the Official Journal C226/49.

The date of applicability of this harmonised standard is 1 December 2015, the date of the end of the co-existence period is 1 December 2016.

Europacable welcomes the publication. Click here to consult the OJ in your language.


Europacable speaks at Technikdialog of Bundesnetzagentur, Kassel, 24 June 2015

German regulator Bundesnetzagentur had invited Europacable to outline the technial aspects of partial undergrounding at its „Technikdialog“ held in Kassel on 24 June 2015.

Europacable welcomed this opportunity to provide an overview of the current status of partial undergrounding for 380kV AC and HVDC projects.

Please click here to access the Bundesnetzagentur page for further details.


Europacable attends "Digital Assembly 2015" in Riga

Europacable attended the invitation-only “Digital Assembly 2015 – One Europe, One Digital Single Market” in Riga. The event was co-organised by the Latvian EU Presidency and the European Commission DG Connect.

High level speakers, including the Prime Minister of Latvia, Commissioner Oettinger and Robert Madelin, Director General of DG Connect, set the scene for 2 days of meeting and networking. Rather than presenting any new Commission details or plans, the Assembly focused on key topics for the implementation of the Digital Single Market across Europe. Notably in the first day, several “real life case studies” demonstrated the challenges that are yet to be overcome to truly integrate the 28 Member States from a digital perspective.

Reports on the workshops and webstreams of the different plenary presentations are now available here.


MP Dr. Hoppenstedt supports partial undergrounding following factory visit

On Monday, 15 June, German MP Dr. Hoppenstedt of the conservative party (CDU) visited the Nexans facilities in Hannover to inform himself about the option of partial undergrounding.

Dr. Hoppenstedt welcomed this Europacable initiative as he is involved in discussions around the current legislative proposal seeking to enable more partial undergrounding in Germany as well as the debates on the HVDC SuedLink project.

Dr. Hoppenstedt strongly endorsed the Europacable concept of partial undergrounding. He concluded that partial undergrounding has to be deployed in the HVDC SuedLink to ensure timely completion. He also confirmed that he will seek to widen the option of partial undergrounding in the current deliberations on the draft legislation for future EHV transmission projects in the German Bundestag.

Please click here to see the Europacable Communication.


Europacable speaks at World Wire & Cable 2015 conference, Barcelona

Speaking at the 2015 CRU conference, Europacable presented ”From concept to construction – making European infrastructure projects a reality”.

The presentation included an outline of Europe´s 2030 interconnection targets, the key challenges to meet these targets as well as innovative solutions for timely implementation.

Please click here to access the presentation.


Europacable Members concerned about polyethylene and PVC shortage in Europe

Europacable, the voice of the leading wire and cable manufacturers in Europe, joins European plastics associations in communicating the increasing concerns of its members on the supply situation in polymers.

Polymers in general such as polyethylene and PVC in particular, are used for the electrical insulation and the mechanical protection of cables. They also constitute key materials for the manufacturing of cable accessories such as end connectors and joints.

Several European polyolefin industrial production capabilities have declared Force Majeure over the last months. This situation is detrimental for the wire and cable industry and could lead to production shortages.


Europacable speaks at „2. Runder Tisch Südlink“, organised by Mr. Beermann, member of the German Bundestag

On 28 May, Europacable spoke at two round table discussions in the Hannover region (Nienburg and Schaumburg), Germany, outlining key technical aspects of its concept of partial undergrounding, both for AC and DC transmission projects. The meetings were hosted by Mr. Maik Beermann, CDU member of the German Bundestag.

The discussions were set in the context of the emerging legislation allowing for more partial undergrounding of future transmission projects in Germany and the concrete deliberations on the 800km DC “SuedLink Project” currently under planning by TenneT.

Europacable stressed once more, that we believe that partial undergrounding shall complement overhead lines in sensitve areas. The technology to do so is fully available and higher initial investment costs will be neutralised through faster project realisation, generating overall societal benefits. 

Please click here to access the Europacable presentation.


Europacable welcomes Commission Strategy on Digital Single Market

Europacable welcomes the Commission´s strategic “Communication – a Digital Single Market for Europe” published yesterday.

The Commuincation sets a strong basis to further, concrete proposals in the coming years to make the Digital Single Market (DSM) a reality in Europe. Europacable firmly believes that completing the Digital Single Market will be critical to ensure Europe´s competitive future.

High quality, high capacity telecommunication infrastructures will be the backbone of Europe´s future DSM. Europacable remains fully committed to working towards creating these future proof networks.

Click here to access the Commission´s documentation.


Europacable 2015 General Assembly

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On 29 April, Europacable hosted the 2015 Edition of its annual General Assembly. Europacable President Valerio Battista welcomed over 50 participants to the meeting which allowed for a high level exchange amongst Europacable members and discussions with our guest speakers.

Central to the 2015 General Assembly was the launch of the “Europacable Industry Charter” expressing the collective commitment to shared principles and objectives of ethical, sustainable and high-quality cable development and manufacturing. The Charter was signed by 13 companies present. We will shortly contact all remaining Europacable members inviting them to join this voluntary initiative prior to launching a wider spread communications outreach to make it known.

The morning session focussed on 2 updates from Brussels regarding the interconnections required to create the “Energy Union” as well as the broadband investments required to create the “Digital Single Market”. Industry related presentations on the challenges for the European wind industry, developments on metal markets, the impact of the oil price drop and an analysis and outlook of wire & cable industry complemented the program.  


Europacable support joint statement emphasising the key role of the North Seas Offshore Grid as a building block for Europe’s Energy

In the run-up to the Informal Energy Council on 16 April 2015, Europacable together with 23 partners wrote to emphasise the key role of the North Seas Offshore Grid as a building block for Europe’s Energy Union.  

We strongly welcome the vision outlined in the European Commission’s 25 February 2015 Communication for an integrated and interconnected European Energy Union that makes best use of Europe’s clean energy resources. However, we are concerned that references to North Seas offshore grid collaboration were left out of the final text of the Commission’s Energy Union strategy framework.

Please click here to read our joint statement.


Europacable speaks at Power Transmission Tech 2015, Vienna

Speaking at the Power Transmission Tech 2015 conference in Vienna yesterday, Europacable presented “Europe’s 2030 15% Interconnection Target: Challenges & solutions for a timely project implementation”.

Following the recent Commission communication on achieving the interconnection targets by 2020 / 2030, the overarching legislative framework is now in place in Europe to create a pan European electricity networks. Its implementation via the PCI projects will now be at the core of attention both within the Commission and at Member State level. Europacable believes that the concept of partial undergrounding will serve as a tool to reduce deployment times. As projects are being rolled out, Member States also set out to create the regulatory and legislative framework to allow for underground cables complementing overhead lines in sensitive areas.

Click here to access the Europacable presentation.


Europacable speaks at Fachkonferenz Erdkabel, Kassel, on SuedLink partial undergrounding

SuedLink, an 800 km HVDC link planned to connect Northern Germany to Bavaria is Germany´s largest electricity infrastructure project in the context of implementing the country´s “Energiewende”. The regulatory framework foresees partially undergrounded sections in this point-to-point HVDC connection.

Speaking at a conference in Kassel dedicated to the SuedLink project, Europacable confirmed the availability of HVDC underground cable technology for partially undergrounded sections. HVDC massimpregnated as well as HVDC XLPE cable technology is available to carry the load factor envisaged by the responsible transmission operators TenneT and TransnetBW.

Please click here to access the Europacable presentation.


Europacable supports call for smart, interconnected and resilient electricity system critical for Europe´s future Energy Union

In view of the forthcoming strategic framework on the Energy Union, Europacable supports a joint industry statement offering a contribution to shaping the future direction of Europe’s energy policy

The strategic framework on Energy Union should include a concrete action plan for delivering European electricity infrastructure objectives. . A smart, interconnected and resilient electricity system will be critical to delivering the Energy Union’s objectives of affordable, secure and sustainable energy.

Click here to read the joint statement.


Europacable speaks at 5th International ETP Conference “Underground Cables” on 29 – 30 January 2015 in Berlin/Germany

Europacable presented its view on “HVAC and HVDC Cable technologies for the Pan-European Transmission System 2050”.

Following previous Europacable presentations at ETP Conferences, Europacable highlighted the fact that discussions have now moved into a new phase: Partial undergrounding solutions are being implemented by various TSOs across Europe and policy initiatives are being taken both at EU as well as at Member State levels to facilitate the deployment of this innovative concept.

Europacable outlined todays state of the art technologies of HVAC and HVDC underground and submarine cables and provided an outlook towards the expected technology evolution by 2050 via conclusions from the work of the eHighway2050 project.

The presentation can be downloaded here.

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