July 12 (Renewables Now) - The Dutch Council of State's Administrative Law Division on Wednesday dismissed objections against the 320-MW Fryslan offshore wind farm, thus clearing an obstacle for the start of construction.
Windpark Fryslan, as it is called, is planned to be located in the northern part of the IJsselmeer lake, comprising 89 wind turbines. The wind farm is expected to start generating electricity in 2021.
According to the Council of State, the objections filed against the project’s permit are ungrounded. They were related to the potential adverse effects of the wind farm on employment and tourism, including watersports. Also, there were fears that the project will affect natural values and fauna. Studies have shown that the impact of the wind project will be very limited.
Last year, the Dutch province of Friesland agreed to invest up to EUR 127 million (USD 148.3m) in the project. The investment will be made at the point when construction can begin, as announced previously.
The project is being managed by Ventolines BV.
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