In total, 108 companies from Groningen and Drenthe have signed up to get to work on the Drentse Monden and Oostermoer wind park.
Translation by Traci White
Wim Wolters, the general director of the wind park set to be built at 1e Exloërmond, told RTV Drenthe that 1,800 companies were invited to get involved with the park, and 108 ultimately signed up before registration closed on Saturday, 15 June.
The participating businesses are based in the wider area surrounding the planned wind park in the Veenkoloniën (former peat bog colonies) along the border between the provinces of Groningen and Drenthe. The contractors – KWS, A. Hak, Nordex and Comsave – will evaluate the list of companies that have expressed an interest in getting involved in the coming weeks.
This spring, several companies received threatening letters due to their involvement with the plans, which led to one company – Avitec – backing out. RTV Drenthe reports that A. Hak also received a similar letter, as did at least one local politican and a number of other companies that have a connection with the planned wind park in Meeden in Groningen. Plans for the Meeden park, which will be built along the N33 motorway, were officially approved in May.
Self-described wind turbine activists are also accused of spreading asbestos at the Delfzijl train station in February. The northern police began an ongoing large scale investigation into the threats in March. In fall of 2018, the Dutch National Anti-Terrorism and Safety Coordinator vocalised concerns about the growing threat of “wind turbine terrorism” in the north.
By the end of 2019, the first test wind turbines should be in place in Monden and Oostermoer, and all 45 of the 210-meter-tall planned turbines should be up and running by the end of 2020. Construction on the first wind turbine on the Mondenweg in Drenthe began in April.