EMEC provides support and guidance to client developers throughout the consenting lifecycle. For developers wishing to install at the grid-connected sites the process requires developers to produce the following documentation to accompany their Marine Licence applications:

EMEC is continually working with the Regulators to make sure that the most efficient and effective licensing processes are put in place at our test sites. The Marine Scotland Licensing and Consents Manual summarises the process to be followed by developers and highlights the roles and responsibilities of the teams and organisations involved in the consenting and licensing processes.

To assist with the consenting process at Fall of Warness, EMEC has created a guidance document for its developers. Please note: The consenting process for EMEC’s Billia Croo wave test site is currently being revised and a more streamlined process is under development.  In the meantime, if you have any queries regarding the updated consenting process please contact:

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency give advice and guidance relating to safety associated with offshore renewable energy installations.

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.

For developers wishing to install at EMEC’s scale test sites, the consenting process has been simplified.  EMEC have been granted the consents required to install an agreed ‘envelope’ of device types at these sites.  Each developer is required to submit device-specific information to support amendment of these consents to allow installation of their device.  The device-specific information required is:

  • Project Information Summary
  • Device-specific annex to EMEC’s site Environmental Description
  • Device-specific annex to EMEC’s Navigational Risk Assessment

Environmental Impact Assessment

During the development of our facilities, Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) were performed for the grid-connected wave and tidal sites. Each site EIA comprised detailed considerations of the issues relating to the provision of the test facility in terms of infrastructure and use of the site in principal.

Data collected subsequent to the EIA indicates that interactions with some key bird and marine mammal species need to be considered in developers testing plans, and EMEC continues to have regular discussions with Regulators and their advisors to ensure that developers receive updated information.

In 2013/14, EMEC worked closely with Marine Scotland and SNH to look at streamlining the environmental appraisal required to inform the Marine Licence/Section 36 consenting process for deployments at the Fall of Warness test site. This resulted in the production of a detailed Environmental Appraisal document, and a subsequent Appropriate Assessment, being undertaken by Marine Scotland to support developers’ applications for a Marine Licence or Section 36 consent for deployment of an ‘envelope’ of device types/operations at the Fall of Warness test site. This process will be repeated for the Billia Croo test site in 2015/16.

Wave test site, Billia Croo

Tidal test site, Fall of Warness

Scale wave test site, Scapa Flow

Scale tidal test site, Shapinsay Sound







Aquamarine Power


Atlantis Resources Corporation



Naval Group

Naval Group


Open Hydro


Orbital Marine




ScottishPower Renewables



Sustainable Marine Energy

Sustainable Marine Energy


Voith Hydro


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