ScottishPower Renewables has further strengthened its commitment to develop all of its proposed offshore windfarm projects off the coast of East Anglia, following the award of a £8 million contract to Royal HaskoningDHV to carry out environmental assessments for East Anglia ONE North and East Anglia TWO.
In what is thought to be one of the largest agreements of its kind in the offshore wind industry, the team at Royal HaskoningDHV will coordinate all of the work undertaken to ensure that the projects can be developed with a minimal impact on the environment.
Studies undertaken as part of an Environmental Impact Assessment include full geophysical survey of the sites, aerial ornithological surveys, fisheries consultation and shipping monitoring. The data from these studies will form the basis of future planning applications.
East Anglia TWO is located approximately 31 km from Lowestoft, and covers an area of 257 km². Initial studies have indicated a potential generating capacity of up to of 800 MW, and a planning application could be submitted in 2018. The East Anglia ONE North project could also have a capacity of up to 800 megawatts (MW) and is located approximately 36 kilometres off the coast, covering an area of 209 km2. A planning application could be submitted in 2019.
Alistair Davison, Renewables Sector Director for Royal HaskoningDHV said: “We’re delighted to continue our strong relationship with ScottishPower Renewables. We have successfully worked alongside the East Anglia THREE Team for the last three years and I feel the two new contracts are a testament to our commitment to the UK offshore wind industry. Royal HaskoningDHV’s offshore wind team is experienced in providing consenting, technical and engineering services to offshore wind projects having worked on 70% of major UK offshore wind development projects and successfully consented over 8000MW of offshore wind projects across Europe. We look forward to building on this track record in the East Anglia Zone – a hugely important development which could ultimately produce enough clean energy to power over 4 million homes.”
David Walker, Head of Offshore Development at ScottishPower Renewables, said: “As well as committing to invest £2.5 billion to build the East Anglia ONE project, this contract means that ScottishPower Renewables has now invested over £30 million to develop East Anglia THREE, TWO and ONE North. This is a major financial stake in the East Anglia region, and highlights our aspiration to fully unlock the environmental and economic benefits that will come from building up to 3,500MW of offshore wind power in the region. Onshore construction work is set to start on East Anglia ONE early next year, and we hope that we could be building offshore wind power projects for the next decade in East Anglia. We look forward to working with Royal HaskoningDHV over the next 3 years, leading up to submitting planning applications in 2018 and 2019 for these two major projects.”