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50-kV line Gösgen – Oberbuchsiten

A grid study by Bouygues E&S EnerTrans Ltd. revealed that the 50 kV Kappel – Oberbuchsiten line required renovation and reinforcement. To reinforce the line, the feed to the Oberbuchsiten substation was to be increased by incorporating the 220 kV overhead power cable between Flumenthal and Gösgen, which had no longer been in use. To put this plan into action, Bouygues E&S EnerTrans Ltd. established a new 50 kV line connection between Gösgen and Oberbuchsiten by repurposing / reducing the voltage of the discontinued 220 kV section.

Facts & figures

Business unit EnerTrans
Client Aare Versorgungs AG (AVAG)
Location Gösgen
Order volume CHF 3 million (incl. purchasing the overhead line cable)
Year 2010-2011
Project management


The detailed planning demonstrated that as part of a further project – the new construction of a 220 kV GIS plant in Gösgen – a new pipe system needed to be created for the 220 kV cable outlets. This enabled the cable connection to be construction directly from the Gösgen substation to the substation structures of the unused 220 kV line section from Gösgen to Flumenthal rather than running it via the existing piping through the residential neighbourhood as originally planned. This reduced the length of the lines by around 400 metres. Since the new cabling is running exclusively through property belonging to the system operator, it was authorised by the Federal Inspectorate for Heavy Current Installations (ESTI) in a simplified process.


Execution of construction and assembly


After the rough scheduling, the tender documents of the civil and underground engineering and cable works were established. The wiring system and component parts were supplied by Nexans Suisse SA and the execution of the civil engineering works were delegated to Kummler+Matter EVT AG. The construction of the new conduit blocks in Gösgen was extremely difficult. The excavations down to a depth of almost five metres were additionally complicated by water seepage (springs, mill stream), pressure of the mountain and solid rock.


Checking, commissioning, completion


The cable works were completed on time – including cable checks and impedance measurements for the new cable sections. The new 50 kV line was put into operation on 19 August 2011 after the phase control and voltage check and handed over to the grid control centre in Olten (ZNL). Completion of the documentation and the approval of the final report by AVAG marked the conclusion of the project.

Our services

  • Feasibility studies
  • Project management and planning
  • Approval process
  • Execution of construction and assembly
  • Procurement of easement contracts
  • Commissioning
  • Safety concepts
  • Construction site management
Key figures
Execution: 2010-2011
Cantonal region: Solothurn and Baselland
Nominal voltage: 50 kV
Pipeline length: 21 Kilometres
Cable section: 1 Kilometre
Overhead line section: 20 Kilometres
Single-core cable: 1 x 630 mm2 Cu, XKDCuT
Conductor cable: 3 x 400 mm2 ALD
Insulation: Existing 220 kV insulation links, 2 x Langstab isolator 85/13 and 2 x Langstab isolator 75/13
Fibre optic earth wire: 1 x 308 mm2 ALD, 12 fibres


Factsheet (German version) "50-kV line Gösgen – Oberbuchsiten"