The EIA Committee has issued a positive advice on the environmental impact assessment for the first two planning decrees of the Borssele wind energy area.
The consulting and engineering firms Grontmij and Pondera Consult have worked assiduously over the last year preparing the environmental impact assessments (EIAs) and appropriate evaluations of the first two planning decrees for offshore wind farms in the Borssele wind energy area. These are the first offshore wind energy projects that are subject to the new “Offshore Wind Energy” Act. The EIA Committee approved these new type EIAs yesterday.
In order to define the conditions for the planning decrees for the Borssele wind energy area, Grontmij and Pondera Consult have drawn up the environmental impact assessments (EIAs) and the corresponding evaluations. The planning decrees give the developers of offshore wind farms the flexibility to place wind turbines in the designated areas as they see fit. The entire bandwidth of possibilities for using the areas has been examined in the EIAs, for instance the various types of wind turbines, the foundations and the configuration options. The effects examined in the EIAs will be one of the factors used when the Minister of Economic Affairs sets the conditions in the planning decrees.
Both environmental impact assessments have been assessed by the independent Environmental Impact Assessments Committee. It is the Committee’s opinion that the information required to allow a full consideration of the environmental interests is present in both EIAs. Grontmij and Pondera Consult are pleased with this excellent result.
Contacts at Pondera Consult:
Eric Arends and Hans Rijntalder
EIA Committee website (in Dutch) – http://www.commissiemer.nl/advisering/afgerondeadviezen/2965
Evaluation recommendations for the environmental effects report for Planning Decrees I and II for the Borssele offshore wind energy farms (in Dutch) – http://api.commissiemer.nl/docs/mer/p29/p2965/a2965ts.pdf