Inch Cape Offshore Limited (ICOL) is applying to East Lothian Council (ELC) for Planning Permission in Principle (PPP) under the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (as amended) (Scottish Parliament, 1997) for an onshore substation, electricity cables and associated infrastructure, (the Onshore Transmission Works (OnTW)), required to connect the Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm to the National Electricity Transmission System (NETS). ICOL accepted an onshore grid connection offer from National Grid Electricity Transmission in January 2012 for 1,050 Megawatts with a connection point at the existing substation at Cockenzie.
The Application Site for the OnTW is located south of Cockenzie Power Station and extends through Preston Links to Mean Low Water Springs (MLWS)
An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has been undertaken for the OnTW to meet the requirements of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (Scottish Parliament, 2011) (the EIA Regulations). This Environmental Statement (ES) reports the findings of the EIA.