Vattenfall and Scottish Power Renewables appoint ERM as lead environmental consultant in the development of offshore wind project
16 July 2010
Vattenfall and ScottishPower Renewables, the developers of the East Anglia offshore windfarm zone, have appointed ERM as lead environmental consultant to assist in the development of the first offshore wind project in the 7.2GW Round 3 Norfolk Bank Zone.
The 7.2GW development will be built in several phases with the proposed first site consisting of approximately 240 turbines.
ERM will lead the environmental consultancy in the development of the first project in the zone and provide Vattenfall and ScottishPower Renewables with three major pieces of work:
- a Zonal Environmental Assessment (ZEA) for the 6,000 km² area allocated for the first site;
- an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the zone, and
- specialist survey work in relation to ornithology, marine mammals, fish and benthic (sea bed) ecology.
The ZEA will consist of geotechnical/geophysical surveys as well as wind resource and metocean data reviews to identify engineering constraints and design for projects within the zone and an understanding of the environmental characteristics of the area.
The EIA will form part of the first planning application and cover all environment effects of the project which are collected, assessed and taken into account in reaching a planning decision.
It is proposed that the first project will be located 42 kilometers offshore and will have the capacity to generate up to 1.2GW of clean, green energy.
David Walker, Development Director at Scottish Power Renewables, said: “Vattenfall and ScottishPower Renewables are delighted to appoint ERM to work with us on East Anglia.
“The ZEA and EIA have crucial parts to play in the development and we look forward to seeing the results of the studies.”
Simon Hewitt, ERM’s Project Director for this work, said “Round 3 presents huge challenges and we are extremely pleased to be able to capitalize on our Round 1 and Round 2 experience to help ScottishPower Renewables and Vattenfall to develop the Zone.”
Malcolm Hutton, ERM's Power Sector Lead added: "ERM has over 30 years' experience in wind farms, all other forms of renewables and conventional thermal power projects providing clients with a full suite of of project development services in association with our specialist partners."