Lavorgo-Mettlen power line of Atel Transmission Ltd.

Atel Transmission Ltd. will be busy around Morschach on Lake Lucerne this summer, replacing 17 support masts along the power line from Lavorgo to Mettlen. Pylon replacement work is scheduled from mid-May until late October 2006, at a cost of around 11 million francs.

New pylons in Central Switzerland

The 380 kV power line between Lavorgo and Mettlen was first built in 1948/49. Despite rigorous maintenance since then, corrosion and aging have now reached the point where the pylons will have to be replaced. Atel Transmission Ltd. is carrying out the work in phases. Up for replacement this summer are a total of 17 pylons along a 5-kilometre stretch of ultra-high voltage line between Sisikon and Ingenbohl, at the foot of the Fronalpstock. New pylons will mostly be erected on the same sites as their predecessors and built slightly taller on the whole, to increase ground and tree clearance. The replacement supports will bring greater operational reliability and better protection from non-ionising radiation. While construction work is in progress from mid-May to late October 2006, the 380 kV Lavorgo-Mettlen power line will be temporarily routed via the parallel line operated by CKW. It is planned to replace all of the line supports between Ingenbohl (canton Schwyz) and Udligenswil (canton Lucerne) over the coming years.

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 8400 and generated a turnover of CHF 8.6 billion in 2005. 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 sales 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.