Hello and welcome to the Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm July update.
I hope that you are enjoying your summer so far.
At present we are reminded of the impacts of climate change on a daily basis. With the unprecedented heatwaves and wildfires happening across Europe, the situation is more real for many. It is becoming critical to address the climate emergency, and the need for renewables projects like Five Estuaries are an important part of this long-term solution.
With our Stage 2 Consultation having concluded in May this year, the Project is well underway with considering feedback to inform the refinement of our plans, ahead of the submission of our DCO application. As part of this, last week we announced the selection of our landfall zone and onshore substation search area, highlighting the reasons why they have been selected, how stakeholder feedback has helped to inform these decisions and how this allows more opportunities for coordination with North Falls. You can read the full update here.
We look forward to continuing to engage with you over the coming months.
Upcoming onshore surveys
Over the coming months we will continue with our surveys across the proposed route. Information obtained from these surveys will provide additional data to supplement our surveys from last year. A brief overview of upcoming activity is below; however, we will provide further detail closer to the time once details are confirmed.
Archaeological trial trenching – Following the trenching works our archaeologists undertook in May, with the agreements of the landowners we are looking to do some further limited trial trenching in specific areas of the route better understand the potential for buried archaeology. These are anticipated to take place in late September / early October.
Geophysical surveys – The Project undertook archaeological geophysical surveys over a large portion of the route last year, which was reported as part of our consultation in Spring (you can view the report here.) We have some remaining land parcels to survey and with the agreement of landowners these are expected to be undertaken in late August / September.
Tree surveys – An Arboriculturalist will be undertaking some detailed surveys of trees at specific locations along the route. These are to help us better understand the type, age and size of the trees, to help inform the design. These are anticipated to take place late August.