TEP is appointed by a joint venture consisting of Siemens Transmission and Distribution Limited (STDL) and Nexans to provide planning and environmental consenting support for the onshore transmission works associated with the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm in the Moray Firth in Scotland. The wind farm is a £3bn scheme which will generate around 750MW of renewable energy.
In November 2015, Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) was granted planning permission by The Moray Council for the onshore works required to connect the wind farm to the national electricity network. These works involve approximately 20km of underground cable from a landfall point west of Portgordon and a new substation which the cable will connect to, located adjacent to the existing substation at Blackhillock near Keith. STDL and Nexans are the construction delivery partners for BOWL.
TEP is assisting the joint venture with the discharge of a number of planning conditions, including the production of several phased Construction Environmental Management Plans, Site Waste Management Plans, flood risk prevention, water management, and drainage impact assessment documents, archaeological evaluation works and noise monitoring.
TEP is also providing ecological support throughout the construction works including pre-construction ecological surveys (specifically for otter and badger), protected species licences, and ongoing advice and monitoring via the provision of an Environmental and Ecological Clerk of Works.
TEP is providing ongoing planning, environmental and consenting advice to the client as required and coordinating its many construction commitments through the production and management of two Commitments Registers; these are a key tool for monitoring environmental progress and compliance during construction.