Province Groningen grants permits five wind farms

The province of Groningen has granted an environmental permit for five wind farms this week. Pondera Consult was involved in the preparation of three of these wind farms. This concerns Oostpolder wind farm (EIA and permits for Innogy and Waddenwind), Oosterhorn wind farm (sub-studies of EIA, permits and spatial support for Millenergy) and Delfzijl Zuid wind farm Expansion (EIA, zoning plan and permits in collaboration with Ventolines). Together, these three wind farms account for around 235 MW, contributing to more than a quarter of the provincial sustainability targets and 12% to the national sustainability target. Pondera Consult is proud to have been able to contribute to this big step in the energy transition.

All provinces have concluded an agreement with the government on 31 January 2013 to provide space for 6,000 megawatts (MW) of wind energy on land in 2020. For the province of Groningen, this means a target of 855.5 MW of wind energy. The province chooses to concentrate the wind farms at three locations. Recently, permits have been granted for five different projects within the Eemshaven and Delfzijl concentration areas. Pondera Consult was involved in three of these projects.

Oostpolder Wind Farm is a project started by agricultural entrepreneurs in the area. During the m.e.r. procedure it turned out that there were good cooperation possibilities with innogy layers. Innogy clears up a number of older turbines in the Eemshaven and receives a number of more modern wind turbines instead. In this way, optimal use is made of the space provided in the area. At the moment, Pondera is preparing the subsidy application for the Waddenwind wind turbines.

Uitbreiding Delfzijl Zuid

The expansionWindpark Delfzijl Zuid consists of a wind farm of 16 wind turbines. The wind farm will be located directly to the south of the existing Delfzijl Zuid wind farm. Pondera Consult wrote the EIS, prepared the zoning plan and supported Ventolines that applied for the environmental permit on behalf of the wind farm’s initiators.

Wind turbines are also being built on the Oosterhorn industrial park. There is room for 18 wind turbines on the industrial site. the location of the wind turbines is precisely integrated to optimize the combination of business park with wind turbines. Ponndera Consult has drawn up the spatial foundation, preparing the permit applications for both construction, environment and nature. In addition, Pondera has contributed to the EIA for the industrial area, specifically for the part concerning the wind turbines.

The Environmental Impact Assessment Committee (m.e.r.) issued a positive recommendation for three wind farms for which Pondera wrote the EIA or contributed to it (Oosterhorn).

Commission m.e.r. positive about EIA WFSD’s

Commission m.e.r. positive about EIA Wind Farm Site Decisions (WFSD) III and IV Hollandse Kust (zuid)

The Commission m.e.r. has issued a review advice on the environmental impact report (EIA) for the Wind Farm Site Decisions for sites III and IV of the Hollandse Kust (zuid) wind energy area that was drawn up by Pondera Consult.¬† This review advice is positive. ‘The Commission believes that the reports provide a complete picture of the environmental consequences of the construction and operation of the wind farms. Measures and regulations to prevent negative effects on porpoises, seals, fish, birds and bats are shown. Measures include, for example, quieter piling of piles during the construction of the turbines so that the marine life suffers less damage from underwater noise and the turbines runs slower during the bird and bat migration to reduce casualties. ‘

The project

The Ministers of Economic Affairs and of Infrastructure and the Environment want to decide on two sites for each maximum 380 MW offshore wind energy in the Hollandse Kust (zuid) wind farm areas. A Wind Farm Site Decision determines where and under what conditions a wind farm at sea may be realized. With a tender, it will later be determined which party will receive a permit and any subsidy and may realize the wind farm. Before the ministers decide, they have examined the environmental consequences of the Wind Farm Site Desicions  in environmental impact reports. Ministers have asked the Commission m.e.r. to review the reports.

Project manager Sergej van de Bilt: ‘We are delighted with this positive advice. It is a compliment for the many colleagues and cooperation partners who are involved in this large-scale survey. “After the positive advice from the Commission on the environmental impact reports of the Borssele wind farm and the first two lots of the Hollandse Kust (zuid) wind energy area, the good line will be continued.¬† ‘Currently, Pondera Consult is working on the EIA for the following sites, namely lot V and VI in the Hollandse Kust (noord) wind farm area. There are other challenges in that area, no area is the same in that respect. Fortunately, we can use the expertise that we and our partners have built up in the many EIAs that we have now completed with a positive advice. ‘


Meanwhile, the Commission has for the m.e.r. also issued advice on the scope and level of detail of the EIA to be drawn up by Pondera Consult for sites V and VI in Hollandse Kust (Noird): ‘The Commission finds the proposed research approach clear and relevant. Effects on nature, landscape and shipping safety receive sufficient attention. The report also examines the effects of various measures to prevent adverse effects, for example measures to limit the effects of the sound when driving for underwater life. ‘