Tesla Giga Berlin received a positive forecast on the final approval of the construction of the factory, confirmed by the Higher Administrative Court. This means that the automaker can begin laying the foundation.
With the preliminary approval of the State Environmental Agency of Brandenburg, active work has been ongoing on the Tesla site near Berlin for the past two months. After the resettlement of all animals and insects that lived on the site and the removal of 90 hectares of industrial pine, active work began on the preparation of the soil for the construction of the foundation. The top layer of the earth is almost removed, and the territory is almost leveled. Work on the site is proceeding rapidly and, according to preliminary estimates, it may be ready for the first construction activities by the end of this week.
Stunning progress can be seen in the video from @gigafactory_4/Twitter.
The Tesla Project received 373 objections that have not yet been considered. But, BZ reports that the State Environmental Agency of Brandenburg plans to permit the construction of the foundation in advance. This decision is due to the fact that the Higher Administrative Court gave a positive forecast for final approval. If the project is subsequently rejected, then Tesla will have to restore the site to its former state at its own expense.
March 16, The Ministry of the Environment has also issued permits allowing the Strausberg Erkner Water Association (WSE) to pump more water to supply Giga Berlin.
Currently, the WSE produces nearly 11 million cubic meters of water per year, providing approximately 160,000 people. With new permits, the association is allowed to expand its water facilities in Erkner and Petershagen / Eggersdorf, and then produce a total of almost 15 million cubic meters per year. At the same time, the WSE can provide the planned Tesla plant with enough water, said a spokeswoman of the water association, Sandra Ponesky.
Wastewater from the planned Tesla factory must be treated at the Berliner Wasserbetriebe treatment plant in Münchehofe. Giga Berlin will have to build a 9-mile line to treatment facilities. Berliner Wasserbetriebe now has to coordinate wastewater quantities and peaks with Tesla.
The current construction plan includes only the first phase of the construction of the factory. In the future, the plant can grow with further stages of expansion depending on success.
Unfortunately, because of the coronavirus, all international trips are prohibited, so Tesla CEO Elon Musk will not be able to attend the breaking ground ceremony, but this will in no way negatively affect the construction of the Tesla European factory.
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