For public authorities or involved third parties, OECOS GmbH conducts a substantive and formal assessment of environmental documents which have been prepared and submitted in the course of approval procedures. These documents are examined for completeness, structure, content, convergence, appropriateness of methods and traceability of results in brief reports which are all structured identically.
Upon requests of regional authorities (counties, municipalities) or associations, OECOS Ltd. will carry out contentual as well as formal evaluations of the planning documents that have been submitted by the project developer. Since autumn 2014, OECOS Ltd. carries out a very extensive planning evaluation on behalf of several counties that are affected by the ‘SuedLink’ project (a large-scale, high-voltage electric power line between Schleswig-Holstein and Bavaria, as enacted by the national requirement plan). The legal examination of the project documents is carried out by the law firm De Witt in Berlin.
The coalition agreement of the federal German government of July 1st in 2015, in which a priority for underground cables over overhead power lines for all large-scale, high-voltage power lines was established, has made the first §6 Network Expansion Acceleration Act application for the ‘SuedLink’ project obsolete. A re-application is pending. In cooperation, OECOS Ltd. and the law firm De Witt have developed a bill for the implementation of the underground cable-precedence. The link below shows OECOS’ comments on the current bill of the Federal German government: