Royal Haskoning has won work relating to Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) for projects in the Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm Zone, one of nine zones released under the Round 3 wind power programme last year.
Forewind — a consortium of energy companies Scottish and Southern Energy, RWE, Statkraft and Statoil — has agreed a framework with Royal Haskoning under which the consultant will provide co-ordination and lead consultancy services relating to EIAs, which must be completed ahead of planning applications being submitted to the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC).
The EIA for the first project in the Dogger Bank zone is due to be submitted to the IPC in December 2012. The EIA and pre-application process involves initial site selection for all components of onshore and offshore infrastructure, route-finding for export cables, planning and executing survey programmes, undertaking data analysis and interpretation and extensive stakeholder consultation.
Royal Haskoning will also provide EIA services for onshore converter stations associated with Dogger Bank projects. Located in the North Sea, 125km to 290km off the east coast of Yorkshire, Dogger Bank covers 8,660km² and could host more than 2,000 individual wind turbine generators.