Location of timbre test site in Szprotawa, Poland
Location of timbre test site in Szprotawa, Poland

Szprotawa (German: Sprottau) is a town in Poland, in Lubusz Voivodeship, in Żagań County. It has 12,648 inhabitants (2004). In the first half of the 20th Century, the city flourished economically by iron, textiles and wax products industry. When the war ended in 1945 Szprotawa was destroyed by nearly 90%.

The timbre application site in Szprotawa is a former airbase, including typical airfield on-site infrastructure consisting of bunkers, hangars, storage facilities, tanks and office buildings. The area was used by the military (Russian and Czech troops). The entire of the airbase includes an area of about 200 ha. Approximately 4 ha are profoundly contaminated with jet fuel.

The site shall be developed for industrial/commercial and touristic use. Due to the large extent of the contamination cost-effective remediation measures a required.

Visit also documentation of the TIMBRE event "Supporting a future for the contaminated sites in Szprotawa : Information on activities of the research project timbre and discussion of stakeholders’ and researchers’ needs", March 29th 2012.