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Status military shooting range (February 10, 2020)

    Dia de Wijs
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    Asked by Dia de Wijs 15 days ago Answers (1)

    The Hollandse Kust (noord) Wind Farm Site Decision V states that the military firing range at Petten will be reoriented so it no longer overlaps with the site. The shooting direction will change from west to north-west, outside of Site V. What is the current state of affairs regarding this procedure?

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      • Dia de Wijs
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        Dia de Wijs 15 days ago

        The procedures for reorienting the firing range have not yet been completed. However, they are expected to be completed before the construction of the wind farm will commence. Irrespective of the reorientation of the firing range on shore, the shooting direction will be permanently changed before the construction of the wind farm will commence (as of 1 July 2022 or the date on which the wind farm developer’s permit comes into effect) to ensure that the unsafe zone at sea no longer overlaps with Site V. The reorientation of the firing range will not interfere with the timely start of the construction and use of the wind farm.

        The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, as well as the Ministry of Defence, will also draw up a communication protocol for the period in which location studies will be conducted prior to the construction of the wind farm. The goal of this communication protocol for activities in military areas is to avoid conflicts between activities carried out by or on behalf of the wind farm developer and activities carried out by the Dutch army in Dutch military zones. As a result, the location studies can be carried out safely.

        Finally, the Ministry of Defence has a permit for a maximum of twenty shooting days a year.