Neart na Goaithe Wind Farm
Location: United Kingdom
Value added by Xodus
Xodus’ ‘one team’ philosophy allows our integrated team to work with the client to fully understand the objectives and requirements throughout the project lifecycle, whilst also ensuring alignment to a common purpose across all key stakeholders. Our ability to engage and manage stakeholders is viewed as the “glue” to the project. Our comprehensive approach, combined with our industry leading environmental experts allow our client to increase efficiency, reduce re-work and make better informed decisions.
Xodus was appointed in January 2020 to provide post-consent environmental support for the onshore works of the Neart na Goaithe (NnG) Wind Farm. NnG Wind Farm is to be located 15.5 km off the Fife coast with an operational generating capacity of 450MW of renewable energy with the potential to offset over 400,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. Xodus’ Conor Wells was seconded on a part-time basis, working directly with the onshore consents team. In addition, Xodus’ Polly Tarrant also continues to provide post-consent, including environmental survey and stakeholder engagement support for the offshore elements of the NnG project.
As well as providing EIA planning support for variations to the onshore consent, Conor also supported the production and discharge of planning conditions relating to the construction and operation of the grid connection infrastructure, including 12.3 km of underground cable and a new substation. The onshore grid connection infrastructure is located between the project landfall at Thorntonloch, extending to a new substation adjacent to the Crystal Rig II Wind Farm substation site in East Lothian, Scotland.
Key activities include:
+ Provision of environmental oversight and EIA processes support in the delivery of screening amendments relating to onshore planning permissions;
+ Providing assistance in the compilation of plans for the discharge of onshore planning conditions, for both onshore cable route and substation;
+ Preparation of an EIA screening report for variations to the onshore consent;
+ Preparation and management of inputs to the EIA screening reports from a number of stakeholders including the wider engineering/construction team, third party designers and environmental consultants/specialists as required.
+ Assisting in the project management of the discharging of planning conditions for both the AIS/GIS Substation, landfall and cable route.
+ The preparation and management of inputs to several an EIA screening reports for variations to the onshore consent, including:
+ Amendments by application under Section 42 of the Town Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997
+ Amendments by Non-material variations under the Town Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997
+ Amendments by the submission of new Planning Permissions under the Town Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997
+ Project management support in the production and discharge of planning conditions.
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