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ASTRON signs agreement concerning finance of LOFAR area

Submitter: Femke Boekhorst
Description: Wednesday March 19th Mike Garrett signed an agreement with Provincie Drenthe (R. Munniksma, gedeputeerde natuur, on the right), Stichting Het Drentse landschap (E. van der Bilt, behind Mike) and the Waterschap Hunze en Aa’s (H. Hilarides, 3rd person on the left). This took place in the windy LOFAR field in Exloo, in front of RTV Drenthe.
The agreement entails the cooperation of ASTRON/ LOFAR with the provincie, Stichting Het Drentse Landschap and the Waterschap Hunze en Aa’s and concerns the financing of the landownership of the central LOFAR area, as well as the financing of the actual transformation of the farm land into a large nature reserve park of some 400 ha, in which elevated LOFAR antenna fields (“terpen”) will be built. By signing the agreement ASTRON will recover some € 6 mln of the investment we did in obtaining the land in the central core.
Copyright: ASTRON
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