Water resilient electricity network Zeeland

22 October 2018 - Published by Edward Sterenborg
With the help of Interreg North Sea Region funding for the FRAMES pilot Electricity grid in Zeeland, the Province of Zeeland and several stakeholders looked into the vulnerability of the electricity network including cascade effects, as a result of the failure of a water defense or extreme precipitation.

Their goal?  Finding the most effective solutions to deal with the consequences of flooding and climate change in the province of Zeeland in the Netherlands.

Using the Multi-Layer Safety, the Province of Zeeland looked at the consequences of possible flooding to find answers to questions like:

  • In what way can we limit the damage in the event of a dam breach as much as possible?
  • What exactly happens when a dam breaches?
  • What is the influence of secondary flood defenses?
  • What impact does a flood have on the vital infrastructure? And how long does the reconstruction take?


Most important findings of this pilot are that:

  • Electricity outage due tot heavy rainfall can be considered as a very small risk in Zeeland.
  • The risks of electricity failure due to flooding are the largest for the residential areas on Walcheren and Zuid-Beveland and in the coastal areas of Walcheren and Zeeuws-Vlaanderen.  
  • Direct failure as a result of reaching the critical water level determines to a large extent the risk profile.
  • The Risklabels method is a good method to map out the risks of electricity loss caused by flooding.  


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