became the primary language used when information was shared internally. For
instance, when Mr. Lehmann’s team shared documents via a web application,
all such files typically were written in English.
“The different standards in Spanish and French were quite challenging to the
design phase,” Mr. Lehmann says. “So we had to translate some of them into
English in order to make them 100 percent understandable for the German
engineers as well as the experts from Siemens subsidiaries in France and Spain.
We also found engineering companies who were able to deal with the three
languages without problems. After finding that solution, the design phase went
The project is part of a broader EU initiative to achieve 10 percent grid inter-connectivity across Europe by 2020. Such a pancontinental electrical super grid
would allow European countries to efficiently exchange energy.
Miguel Arias Cañete of Spain, the EU commissioner for energy and climate action,
says the France-Spain power line is a “truly landmark project.” Maroš Šefčovič of
the Slovak Republic, vice president of the European Commission’s Energy Union,
said in a February press release: “By connecting our member states and energy
markets, we will be stronger together. We need many more examples like this all
over Europe.” PM
“By connecting our
member states and
we will be stronger
need many more
examples like this
all over Europe.”
—Maroš Šefčovič, European
Commission’s Energy Union
Workers unroll cable in
France. Below left, a cable
junction is connected in
Toulouges, France. Below
right, workers thread cable
through a tunnel entry.