Kenetech met the 1994 conditions for receiving subsidies in the nick of time, when it signed the final leasing contracts with private land owners in the very last hours of the year. "It was a complicated process," says Jans. "Not only did we have to deal with a lot of different land owners, but on top of that a procedure of reallocation of land is going on the area. So we had to deal with possible future owners and neighbours as well." Construction work has now started on the polder portion of the site, but work on the dike cannot start until May. No site works are allowed on dikes in Holland during the bad weather season. The path ahead now looks clear, says Jans. There has been more discussion about the location of turbines in the harbour area, but these problems are solved.
The 33KVS machines in Holland will not now be built using the "Kenetower" tubular-sleeve design, as earlier announced. Instead a concrete tower, based on a concept from the German firm Pfleiderer, is being supplied by Dutch company Dirk Verstoep. Jans adds that while blades for the Eemshaven project will be made in the US, Kenetech is in the process of finding a European company to make blades to Kenetech specifications. Negotiations are proceeding with several potential suppliers.