PLANNING

Planning to date

Consent for the Seagreen Alpha and Seagreen Bravo Offshore Wind Farms was awarded by Scottish Ministers in October 2014.  The Offshore Transmission Asset (the infrastructure required to facilitate the export of power to the national electricity transmission grid) was also consented.

These consents were confirmed in November 2017 following legal challenge by the RSPB to the original consent award decision.

The Onshore Transmission Asset (the onshore infrastructure required from the landfall point at Carnoustie to a new substation at Tealing) was subject to a separate planning application and was granted planning permission in principle by Angus Council in 2013.  This was extended by Angus Council in December 2016, following re-application by Seagreen.

In March 2018, we submitted an application to Marine Scotland seeking to remove the consented capacity limits to allow for the installation of higher rated wind turbines.  This application was approved by Scottish Ministers in August 2018.

The removal of the capacity limit will allow higher capacity wind turbines to be installed under the existing 2014 consented parameters.

Optimised application

In September 2018, we submitted applications to Marine Scotland for optimised Seagreen Alpha and Seagreen Bravo offshore wind farms.

 

The applications are for similar, but improved, designs of the currently consented projects within the same sea area but based on fewer, larger, higher capacity wind turbines than currently consented and including a monopile foundation option.

 

This will allow us to take advantage of advances in wind turbine design and monopile construction since the Seagreen Alpha and Seagreen Bravo projects were originally consented in 2014.

Our aim has been to ensure that, wherever possible, the optimised design delivers wind farm projects that have effects which are no greater than those identified in the original design consented in 2014.

You can view the optimised application Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and other application documents by clicking here.

Contracts For Difference auction - spring 2019

In addition to submitting the optimised application, we are working towards submitting a competitive bid in to the next Contracts for Difference auction which is expected in Spring 2019.

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