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Intensive trade of information with residents of Dolovo and Mramorak

A constructive and dynamic atmosphere at two last panels confirmed that there existed a great interest of the residents of Dolovo and Mramorak or the further actions in the development of the Čibuk 1 wind park.  In meetings with the representatives of Continental Wind Serbia Company held at the local communities of Dolovo and Mramorak, the residents were presented a series of information connected with the construction plan, the project environmental and social impact as well as other details about the mechanism for complaints and damage reimbursement. Questions and discussion that followed the introductory part showed a great interest of the residents for the start of construction as well as for the complete wind park project, which is currently the biggest investment in these parts. The panel ended with the projection of documentary “The Giants from Dobrudja” made during construction of the biggest onshore European wind park – the Fantanele.  The presence of many residents of Dolovo and Mramorak at the meeting confirmed once again that CWS maintains a continuous and direct contact with the local communities on the site of the future Čibuk 1 wind park project. 

The first part of this interactive presentation that opened the meeting with the residents of Dolovo and Mramorak described the construction of Čibuk 1 wind park and its projected construction rate. The plan was presented by the key project phases but it was pointed that the starting date depended on the legal framework. Actually, as Ivan Bušev, in charge of this part of presentation said, the plan could be realized only if the legal framework would be completed in the course of 2015. In that case, the construction of Čibuk 1 would start and last two years. Citizens at the meeting were particularly interested whether to continue cultivating i.e. to plowing their fields to which the answer was downright positive. Until the start of construction that is during whole 2015, everyone, including former owners who had sold their land, can continue to cultivate it without any limitations. The slides shown at presentation were very informative showing among other things the detailed road map, distribution of wind columns on the location, the system of wind column erection, the structure and technical solution for roads, etc.

Slobodan Perović spoke about the project environmental and social impact. This multi-media survey covered two aspects of the environmental impact. One is temporarily, lasting only during construction and unavoidably results in the observable but short-term changes. It was pointed out that these negative impacts would be reduced to minimum. As regards transport it will take place early in the morning, while noise coming from the construction site cannot be harmful, because the site is actually far away from Dolovo and Mramorak.  In order to diminish dust stirring up by trailers, the constructors will apply the practice of continuous wetting.  It was also pointed out that during construction the Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments will monitor the works on the site of digging, because the archeological aspect of its has been included into the analysis of environmental impact. On the other side, the operational effects of wind park whose life span is 20 to 25 years are minimal. This is confirmed by previous experiences with wind park operations, but before all by the Study on Environmental Impact. The printed results of this Study are available at the Local Communities of Dolovo and Mramorak to everybody who would like to learn more details. The residents at the presentations were especially interested for the route of trailers during the wind park construction as well as what would happen with the existing infrastructure and about location of the construction site. 

Aleksandar Anđić spoke about the mechanisms for complaints and reimbursement of possible damages. This topic was also on the agenda of previously held presentations. All owners of plots to be acquitted during construction as temporarily routes are already directly informed about their rights. These rights i.e. reimbursements will be realized either through their contracts or by the court expert report from the spot.  The mechanism of complaint includes also all landowners whose property may be damaged during construction and such damage will be also reimbursed on account of land occupation.  The citizens also wanted to know whether the plots which were not purchased would be acquitted during construction and where the cables would be laid. The citizens were also interested for personal properties i.e. what would happen with properties that remained in the personal ownership but border upon the site on which the wind park would be erected.

After this comprehensive exchange of data, a series of numerous questions and detailed answers, a documentary “The Giants from Dobrudja” which covers the construction of the wind park Fantanele in Romania was shown. The Fantanele is the biggest onshore wind park in Europe and one of the most important projects of the CWS Company in the field of wind energy.  After film the informal talks between the citizens and CWS representatives continued.