Pondera/Arcadis prepare the first Dutch offshore grid connection

Pondera Consult and Arcadis consortium given the go-ahead to prepare EIA and permit application for the first Dutch offshore grid connection.

Pondera Consult, together with Arcadis, has been asked by TenneT to support the entire EIA process for the offshore grid connection of offshore wind farms located in the wind development area “Borssele”.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs decided in 2014 that wind development area “Borssele” would be the first area to be developed with TenneT (TSO) being responsible for the grid connection of offshore wind farms in the Dutch sector of the North Sea.

The EIA scope will cover two offshore substations, four 220kV export cables and the onshore grid connection. The preparation and submission of the required documents, such as the EIA, supporting documents and the permit application, will contribute towards the final decision making process. Additionally, Pondera Consult and Arcadis will provide strategic advice on the permitting process and stakeholder management services.
“A clever solution to connect a cluster of offshore wind farms to the Dutch electricity grid is an important step towards bringing down the costs of offshore wind energy”, according to Hans Rijntalder, Director of Pondera Consult and founding partner of Wind Minds. “We expect that our combined experience and knowledge of environmental regulations regarding offshore EIA’s will be of added value to TenneT in this process.”

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Concept Scoping Report Borssele for public consultation

On 24 October 2014, the Concept Scoping Report for ‘Kavelbesluiten Borssele’ was published for public consultation. This concept scoping report has been prepared by Pondera Consult and Grontmij and describes what the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) will examine. The objective of the EIA is to accurately describe the environmental impact of the construction of offshore wind turbines in two lots within the preferred wind development area “Borssele”, an area 12 nautical miles off the coast of the province of Zeeland.

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Construction of 4 wind turbines to start at Heineken brewery

Pondera Consult prepared the Environmental Impact Assessment and managed the permit application process for the installation of four wind turbines, with a combined installed capacity of 12 MW, at the Heineken brewery in Zoeterwoude. Once operational, the wind turbines will provide up to 40% of the brewery’s energy demand.

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