ScottishPower Renewables is in the very early stages of investigating the potential for a new offshore windfarm project in the East Anglia zone, called East Anglia TWO.
The project is located approximately 31 km from the town of Lowestoft, in an area of 255 km2. Initial studies have indicated a potential generating capacity of up to 900 megawatts.
Surveys and Assessments
Onshore survey work commenced in spring 2018 with an extensive phase 1 habitat survey completed across the entire onshore study area in April 2018. The findings of this survey have informed our subsequent onshore species-specific surveys which are currently ongoing. These species-specific surveys include Great Crested Newt presence/absence surveys, bat activity surveys, water vole and otter presence/absence surveys and ornithology surveys, both for breeding birds and species-specific surveys for species such as the Nightjar.
Archaeological works will begin shortly with geophysical surveys commencing in summer 2018.
Onshore noise and transportation surveys will be commencing shortly to assess baseline activity within the indicative onshore development area, with transportation surveys also being undertaken on transport routes surrounding the indicative onshore development area. The results of this work will help determine what necessary mitigation measures will be required during the construction and operational phases of the project.
Offshore monthly bird and marine mammal surveys are ongoing and will be continuing for both EA1N and EA2 until August 2018. Once this survey programme is completed we will have over two years of ornithological and marine mammal data for the area.
Geophysical and Benthic surveys for the seabed were carried out in spring 2018 after an initial survey in summer 2017. This data will inform archaeological, engineering and ecological assessments. A Shipping and Navigation survey for both EA1N and EA2 will take place in late summer 2018 to identify shipping routes within the area to help understand how these routes are currently used.
We have selected a team of dedicated and highly experienced individuals, to plan and execute the strategy for development consent of the project. As part of our ongoing work we will engage with local communities, stakeholders and regulatory bodies throughout our consultation phases.
Updated Export Cable Corridor Area of Search (AoS)
A number of changes have been made to the Area of Search (AoS) for the East Anglia TWO and East Anglia ONE North export cable corridors to address matters raised through our ongoing stakeholder engagement and to reduce overall impacts of the project. The changes to the AoS will not necessitate an amendment to the Scoping Report.
A visual overview of changes to the export cable corridor is provided below. A full description of the changes can be viewed here.
Upcoming Project Milestones
- Updated Statement of Community Consultation published – September 2018
- Consultation on Draft Environmental Statement – Q1 2019
- Full Development Consent Application – Q4 2019