Inch Cape Onshore Substation Site Refinement
Inch Cape Offshore Limited (ICOL) can now confirm that proposals for a substation have been updated to address specific concerns raised during public consultations.
ICOL applied for consent for a Wind Farm off the Angus coastline in June 2013 and it is currently under consideration by Marine Scotland. The Wind Farm project has an agreement with National Grid Electricity Transmission to connect at the existing Cockenzie substation. Cockenzie was identified as the most suitable option after consideration of environmental, economic and technical factors including available grid capacity.
The proposed onshore site south of Cockenzie substation was identified following an assessment of a variety of potential landfall and substation locations in East Lothian. This assessment considered environmental, technical and economic factors and importantly, the availability of land.
In early March 2014ICOL advised their intention to submit a planning application for Planning Permission in Principle for the Onshore Transmission Works. This was followed by the submission of a Scoping Report to East Lothian Council in April 2014.
Throughout April and May ICOL has undertaken a series of community consultation events in the local area as well as direct stakeholder meetings. Feedback from local residents and interests groups has guided the development of the proposed planning application and significant changes have been introduced by ICOL to reduce the footprint of the substation by micro-siting to avoid sensitive areas and the provision of enhanced screening. The revised proposal will avoid all physical impacts on the waggonway and avoid the core area of Prestonpans Battlefield.
Figure: Updated Substation Site
Stephen Kerr, Inch Cape Project Director commented, “The consultation process has been extremely valuable. We were aware of sensitivities around how the proposed substation would sit within the community, landscape and around important historical features, such as the waggonway and the battlefield. We have focused effort on how to avoid or minimize any effect. I hope when people see the details of the updated proposal they will recognise this. We are committed to working with the local community on an ongoing basis to ensure any development has a positive overall effect in the area and that the associated offshore wind farm proposal has a positive effect on the Scottish energy sector and economy as a whole”.
The findings of a full Environmental Impact Assessment will be reported in an Environmental Statement and submitted as part of the planning application, along with a Non-Technical Summary of the assessment in early June 2014. ICOL are actively encouraging representations on the planning application, details of where copies will be publically available will be advertised locally and will also available at www.inchcapewind.com
ICOL will communicate any major project information and attend local events over the summer to ensure the most up to date information on the Project is available to all interested parties.
Note to Editors
Inch Cape Offshore Limited (ICOL) are developing a wind farm site around 15 km off the Angus coastline in Scottish Territorial Waters which will cover an area of approximately 150 km2 and will consist of up to 213 turbines. ICOL, a joint venture company formed by Repsol Nuevas Energías UK Limited and EDP Renewables UK Limited, is keen to build upon the strong offshore engineering expertise that Scotland possesses as well as an abundant wind resource to create secure, low-carbon energy from a renewable source.
It is expected that the project will have a capacity of up to 1,000 MW and yield over 3,000 GWh per year. This is equivalent to powering around 680,000 homes, or more than a quarter of all the homes in Scotland (2.37 million)