Under the LIFE Great Bustard program, supported by the European Union, a new underground power grid has been built and previously operating overhead lines and support poles have been dismantled to protect birds. The development cost HUF 645 million, 75 percent of which was provided by the European Union. The reconstruction, which is planned and implemented entirely along nature conservation goals, is an outstanding result of the joint bustard conservation efforts across the borders of Austria and Hungary.
The biggest challenge for the protection of bustards is that the traditionally used bird protection solutions – insulation of the overhead line network, construction of coverings – do not provide adequate protection for bustards, because they are endangered if they hit the wires, so it is necessary to bring the ground underground. cables.
In order to ensure a continuous supply of electricity during the investment period, the new underground cables were laid first and the old overhead cables were laid down and the poles dismantled only after they had been put into operation. On the new route, which was designed with environmental considerations in mind, the group laid 32.6 kilometers of underground cables and then dismantled 24.4 kilometers of medium-voltage and 3.3 kilometers of low-voltage lines and their support poles. During the spawning seasons, work was halted, providing tranquility to the wildlife of the area.
People living near the affected area have been helping to make the investment a reality, for example by dismantling the electric shepherds that are obstructing the work.
To integrate the new underground lines into the power grid, 8 pole stations with a compact transformer station were replaced during development.
„It is extremely important for the E.ON Hungária Group to create the safest possible environment for the living world. Today we have all our new networks it is bird-friendly, and we are also constantly working with conservationists to see where it is necessary to improve our existing network to protect wildlife. We are proud that with this investment we can contribute to the unbroken domestic cooperation of half a century, which aimed to protect the bustard population. ”
– said József Béres, Member of the Board of Directors of E.ON Hungária Group responsible for networks.
Péter Ovádi, Ministerial Commissioner for the Renewal and Implementation of the National Animal Welfare Program, welcomed the commitment of the E.ON Hungária Group to lay the most critical overhead lines that pose a threat to bustard stocks in its area of operation. “I always stress that it is not just the protection of fellow animals that is important, the lives of all animals matter, so I am particularly pleased to be able to attend an event today where the protection of birds is at the center. I am proud that there are companies in Hungary that give priority to animal protection and install only bird-friendly networks. This also proves that we can make a huge difference by working together, because animal protection is our common cause“Added the Ministerial Commissioner.
One of the last columns was ceremoniously dismantled by E.ON experts. Several of the columns are recycled: a lookout tower is built from them, and bird seats are set up in some places.
“This development has an immediate and spectacular impact on both bustard conservation and landscape conservation. The project, which is now nearing completion, will reduce the likelihood of a collision with a medium-voltage overhead line in the area to virtually zero, which is one of the most significant threats to adult bustards. Not to mention that many other species, such as birds of prey, are also beneficiaries of the complete elimination of the risk of electric shock. ”
– said Miklós Lóránt, the nature conservation area supervisor of the Kiskunság National Park Directorate. He added that with the intervention the habitat fragmentation effect of the linear facility has been eliminated, the bustard habitats in the immediate vicinity of the overhead lines will be available to the birds, and the connection of the previously separated habitat patches will be realized..
The E.ON Hungária Group is committed to bird protection, therefore, in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and national parks, it considers the development of new, innovative solutions in addition to the application of currently known technologies. The energy company places particular emphasis on the protection of large birds such as storks; Stork nests in places independent of the network make the network devices safer with the help of brackets and thousands of nest lifts, insulations, covers and bird seats installed on the poles.
The next bustard conservation investment of the E.ON Hungária Group will start in the spring in the Fertő-Hanság National Park.
Source: technokrata by www.technokrata.hu.
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