Introduction

25 July 2013

Environmental Statement Cover. Banner.

This Environmental Statement (ES) has been prepared by Inch Cape Offshore Limited (ICOL) to accompany an application under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 to Scottish Ministers (through Marine Scotland) to construct and operate the Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm which will be located approximately 15 to 22 kilometres (km) to the east of the Angus coastline in Scotland. The Wind Farm has a grid connection agreement for 1,050 Megawatts (MW) and will include up to 213 wind turbines together with associated interconnecting cabling works.

In 2008, by request of the Scottish Government, The Crown Estate (TCE) invited potential developers to submit proposals for offshore wind farm sites within Scottish Territorial Waters (STW).  ICOL undertook a desk study of wind resource and water depth data and identified a range of areas along the east coast of Scotland as having the most suitable physical characteristics for the development of an offshore wind farm.  A proposal was submitted to TCE for their evaluation and in June 2011 TCE awarded ICOL an exclusivity agreement for the Inch Cape Development Area.  The Project is also supported by national and sectoral development and planning policy published by the Scottish Government. These include the National Planning Framework for Scotland (NPF2) and in Blue Seas, Green Energy – A Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy in Scottish Territorial Waters. The sectoral plan identifies Inch Cape as one of three sites in the East of Scotland area to be brought forward in the short term to the licensing stage.

The primary purpose of this ES is to describe any significant environmental effects likely to arise as a result of the Wind Farm and OfTW.  This ES meets the requirements of the relevant EIA Regulations (The Electricity Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 and The Marine Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2007).  This ES will provide the information to facilitate consideration of the application.

Contents

Chapter Number Chapter Title Section
Chapter 1 Introduction Background and Project Description
Chapter 2 Policy and Legal Background Background and Project Description
Chapter 3 Regulatory Requirements Background and Project Description
Chapter 4 Process and Methodology Background and Project Description 
Chapter 5 Stakeholder Engagement Background and Project Description
Chapter 6 Site Selection and Alternatives Background and Project Description
Chapter 7 Description of Development Background and Project Description
Chapter 8 Benefits of the Project Background and Project Description
Chapter 9 Designated Nature Conservation Sites Background and Project Description
Chapter 10 Metocean and Coastal Processes Physical Environment
Chapter 11 Underwater Noise Physical Environment
Chapter 12 Benthic Ecology Biological Environment
Chapter 13 Natural Fish and Shellfish Biological Environment
Chapter 14 Marine Mammals Biological Environment
Chapter 15 Ornithology Biological Environment
Chapter 16 Seascape, Landscape and Visual Human Environment
Chapter 17 Cultural Heritage and Marine Archaeology Human Environment
Chapter 18 Commercial Fisheries Human Environment
Chapter 19 Shipping and Navigation Human Environment
Chapter 20 Military and Civil Aviation Human Environment
Chapter 21 Other Human Considerations Human Environment
Chapter 22 Socioeconomics and Tourism Human Environment
Chapter 23 Summary of Effects Summary of Assessment

 

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