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Hornsea Project One Preliminary Meeting Confirmed

28 November 2013

Hornsea Project One Preliminary Meeting Confirmed

RPS is pleased to confirm that the Planning Inspectorate will be holding the Preliminary Meeting for Hornsea Offshore Wind Farm on the 10th of December 2013.

Image created by RPS for SMartWind.

Hornsea Project One, comprises up to 332 offshore wind turbines in the North Sea located103km from Yorkshire Coastline, 140km of offshore cable coming ashore at Horseshoe Point, Lincolnshire, and 40km of onshore cable to a new HVDC converter / HVAC substation which in turn will connect to an existing National Grid 400kV substation at North Killingholme.

RPS is providing the environmental and planning support for this development, the first offshore wind farm in the Round 3 Hornsea Zone.

RPS completed the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and prepared supporting documents for the Development Consent Order (DCO) application.

“Minimising and mitigating against harmful effects on the environment, local communities and marine users has been the principal objective throughout the EIA process” advised Corinna Demmar, Senior Director at RPS. “Extensive public consultation and engagement with all of the stakeholders has been key to our approach for the DCO preparation under the Planning Act 2008.” added David Cowan, Regional Managing Director at RPS.

“We developed an Environmental Statement containing a proposal for all the onshore cables to be buried underground. The laying of cables is planned to minimise excessive construction traffic movements and special precautions will be taken to ensure that topsoil and subsoil are reinstated and all arable land can continue to be farmed as normal. A landscape strategy has been developed to minimise potential visual impacts of the converter/substation.” added Corinna.

The Project One application, comprising 176 documents, was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on the 30th July. The application was accepted for examination on the 22nd of August and registration of interested parties closed on the 23rd of October. A decision by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change is expected in early 2015.

RPS is currently supporting the production of the Statements of Common Ground and preparing for examination. The Preliminary Meeting will set the timetable for examination.

Consents Manager for SMart Wind, Chris Jenner, stated “The support that RPS has provided to SMart Wind for such a challenging project has, as always, been both professional and personable.”

Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre is on Site and on Track

14 November 2013

Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre is on Site and on Track

Upon completion the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre (CERC) will play an important role in disposing of the county’s non-recycled residual waste by burning it under controlled conditions to provide an important source of affordable energy in the form of electricity and heat.

After a protracted and challenging planning process the Court of Appeal approved the £117m waste-to-energy plant in St Dennis in March 2012. It is being developed under a 30-year waste PFI contract between SITA UK and Cornwall Council, signed in 2006.

RPS is currently providing lead designer, architectural, civil and structural engineering, building services engineering and fire engineering design consultancy services from the Newark, Newcastle, Abingdon and Belfast offices. We are delivering the plant with Vinci Construction on an EPC Contract.

The team commenced the pre-engineering design in March 2013, with enabling works commencing May/June. Construction formally commenced September 2013.

The Energy Recovery Centre primarily consists of two buildings:

Building 1 - will house the Energy from Waste process, comprising a tipping hall bunker housing cranes as well as additional associated process related equipment, a boiler, flue gas treatment equipment plus an integral storey offices/technical rooms and visitors centre.

Building 2 is adjacent to the process building and will treat and store ash created from the process, ready for onward transfer for its re-use as substitute aggregate in road construction.

The steeply sloping site is accessed via a newly completed access road and to optimise the undulating site the resultant plant’s design has cascading sloping roofs mirroring its location.

The scale of this development is truly astounding with a base slab of 1m deep, located 12m beneath the Tipping Hall’s floor. The building will be 145m long, 58m wide and up to a staggering 45m high at the apex of the roof, all topped off with twin 119m tall chimneys. When fully operational, in 2016, the plant will:

employ c.70 staff

be operational 24 hours a day

receive deliveries from c.90 lorries daily

convert the waste into 20MW of electricity to heat and power 21,000 homes

assist in reducing dependency on the use of fossil fuels for electricity generation

handle Cornwall's 240,000 tonnes of domestic residual municipal waste a year, that will be invaluable in assisting the Council to:

avoid the need to identify alternative landfill sites in the county

minimise the potential tax burden that would be passed on to local residents

avoid high landfill charges; and

improve the County’s recycling rates.