Pelamis

Consents

In order to conduct testing activities within Scottish waters, it is necessary to gain statutory licences and consents. This ensures that the proposed activities are carefully managed whilst safeguarding the environment and controlling any risks to other sea users. EMEC provides support and guidance to clients throughout the consenting process. Since the test sites were developed, EMEC has worked alongside the Regulator, Marine Scotland, and their statutory advisors to implement a streamlined consenting regime across our test sites.

During the development of the facilities, Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) were performed for the grid-connected wave and tidal test sites. Each site EIA comprised detailed considerations of the potential issues relating to the build of the test facility and use of the site in principal. The environmental characteristics of each site, including the two scale test sites, have been detailed in the Environmental Descriptions provided in the ‘documents for download’ section below.

In order to build further efficiencies into the consenting process at the Fall of Warness, in 2014, EMEC embarked on the production of a detailed Environmental Appraisal and a subsequent Appropriate Assessment. The assessments have since supported developers’ applications for Marine Licences and a site-wide Section 36 consent for deployment of an ‘envelope’ of device types and operations at the site. Following successful implementation of the Environmental Appraisal at the Fall of Warness, EMEC conducted a similar assessment for the Billia Croo test site in 2018/19 based on an envelope approach. EMEC is currently in the process of applying for a site-wide Section 36 consent for the Billia Croo test site. Both the Fall of Warness and Billia Croo Environmental Appraisals are available to download below.

EMEC has also undertaken site-wide Navigation Risk Assessments for all four test sites, which are based on a range of device types and activities. The risk assessments include up-to-date vessel traffic analysis and are compliant with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s Maritime Guidance Note (MGN) 543. These assessments are available for download below.

For clients wishing to install at EMEC’s test sites the consenting process requires the client to produce the following documentation to accompany their Marine Licence applications, alongside the relevant site-wide environmental report and navigational risk assessment:

  • Project Information Summary
  • Project-specific Environmental Monitoring Programme (PEMP)
  • Project-specific Navigational Risk Assessment (NRA)
  • Third-party Verification/Certificate (TPV/TPC)
  • Decommissioning Programme (DP)

The project-specific assessments should make reference to the findings from the site-wide assessments and be direct in their findings and recommendations. EMEC is continually working with the Regulators to make sure that the most efficient and effective licensing processes are put in place at the sites. To assist with the consenting process at each test site, EMEC has created guidance documents for use by clients which are available on request from info@emec.org.uk.

ONGOING CONSULTATION

Section 36 Consent – Billia Croo Test Site

ELECTRICITY ACT 1989 (AS AMENDED)

THE ELECTRICITY WORKS (ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT) (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2017 (AS AMENDED)

Notice is hereby given that The European Marine Energy Centre Ltd (EMEC), registered under company registration SC249331 at Old Academy Business Centre, Back Road, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3AW, has applied to the Scottish Ministers for consent under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 to construct and operate an existing wave test site at Billia Croo, approximately 2.2km west of the Orkney Mainland coastline with a total area of 11.1 km2 (central latitude and longitude co-ordinates: 58°59.041’N 003°23.842’W (WGS84)). The installed capacity of its existing grid-connected wave test site would potentially be 20MW.

The proposed development is subject to an environmental impact assessment (“EIA”) under the EIA regulations listed above.

Copies of the application(s), including plan(s) showing the location, together with a copy of the environmental statement discussing the proposals in more detail and presenting an analysis of the environmental implications, are available for download below.

Any representations should be made in writing by email to: Billia-Croo.Representations@gov.uk or by post to The Scottish Government, Marine Scotland Licensing Operations Team, Marine Laboratory, 375 Victoria Road, Aberdeen, AB11 9DB, identifying the proposal and specifying grounds for objection or support, not later than 16th August 2019, although Ministers may consider representations received after this date. Representations should be dated and should clearly state the name (in block capitals) and the full return email or postal address of those making representation.

If there are any queries regarding the ongoing consultation please contact info@emec.org.uk.

1. Marine Scotland Redacted Letter
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2. Billia Croo - Consent Boundary
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3. Billia Croo - Project Envelope Report
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4. Billia Croo - EIA Report Non Technical Summary Report
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5. Billia Croo - Environmental Appraisal Report
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6. Billia Croo Seascape Landscape Visual Impact Assessment
21 Downloads
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7. Billia Croo - Navigation Risk Assessment
34 Downloads
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8. EMEC Socio-Economic Report
37 Downloads
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9. Marine Mammal Recording SOP
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INDUSTRY GUIDANCE & BEST PRACTICE

Marine Scotland have produced a Consenting and Licensing Manual for offshore renewables energy developments within both Scottish Territorial Waters and Scottish Offshore Waters.
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is Scottish Government’s independent statutory advisors on nature conservation including renewable energy applications. SNH has provide numerous useful guidance documents regarding impact assessments and monitoring methodologies. Please refer to SNH’s webpage for further details.

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) give advice and guidance relating to safety associated with offshore renewable energy installations. The MCA have produced MGN 543 regarding safety response for offshore renewable energy developers and MGN 372 for mariners operating in the vicinity of renewable developments. In addition, the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) has produced recommendations on The Marking of Man-Made Offshore Structures which should be implemented as a minimum requirement.

Documents for download

Billia Croo Wave Test Site:

Billia Croo - Environmental Appraisal Report 2019
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Fall of Warness Tidal Test Site:

Scapa Flow Scale Wave Test Site:

Shapinsay Sound Scale Tidal Test Site:

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