The Five Estuaries Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) Screening Report.
The project team submitted a formal request to The Planning Inspectorate for a Scoping Opinion under the Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017 (as amended). This request was accompanied by a Scoping Report which provides information about the wind farm, including its location; its nature and purpose; and the proposed approach to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process. This Scoping Report is intended to facilitate formal consultation with The Planning Inspectorate and relevant consultees in the EIA process, inviting them to provide information and to comment on the proposed approach to the EIA. This process aims to ensure that a robust Environmental Statement is prepared in support of a Development Consent Order application for the wind farm.
Consultees are invited to consider all of the information provided in the Scoping Report and to provide comments on the proposed approach and in particular, whether they agree with the conclusions.
The Scoping Report is available to view on The Planning Inspectorate website: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/eastern/five-estuaries-offshore-wind-farm/
A Scoping Opinion will be provided by The Planning Inspectorate to Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm Ltd. within 42 days of receiving the information, which will be the 14th November 2021.
Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm, the extension project of existing Galloper Wind Farm, have placed a multi-million pound contract with Geo-data specialist Fugro in the UK. This is the first RWE led offshore geophysical exploratory works that Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm have placed. Works are expected to take place in the Southern North Sea from August to November 2021.
Three dedicated vessels will map the characteristics of the seabed and bedrock to assess the conditions around the wind farm site and the potential cable locations. The seafloor and geophysical information that result from the geophysical surveys will help inform the project design and consenting activities. The data will provide critical information about the seafloor, habitat, local geological and benthic ecological conditions.
Fugro have also been commissioned to carry out offshore site investigation and Geophysical works for other RWE projects including Dublin Array, Ireland and North Falls which is a 50:50 partnership project with SSE, in the southern North Sea. This follows a successful working relationship in the investigations for Sofia and Awel y Môr offshore wind farms and a competitive tendering process.
Five Estuaries Project Manager, Umair Patel said: “Fugro offered the most competitive proposal, programme and have demonstrated technical competence in previous projects.
“The offshore surveys are a very important aspect of the project’s development and the data collected from these surveys will inform the Environmental Impact Assessment process and also help in the engineering design of the wind farm and with that in mind, we recently held our second Commercial Fisheries Working Group. The Southern North Sea is a busy area and our aim is to coexist peacefully with other sea users while we undertake the surveys and development work.”
Laura Hughes, Fugro’s Country Director UK, said “We’re delighted to continue our successful relationship with RWE, providing critical early insights in support of the design of the Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm. Our clients appreciate our reliability in the acquisition and delivery of high-quality, large-volume Geo-data, and we look forward to delivering this again for another significant energy transition project.”
The Five Estuaries project team recently held the second Commercial Fisheries Working Group to discuss the planned offshore surveys, the Five Estuaries team have a dedicated Fisheries Liaison Officer Brown & May Marine Ltd. The team will also be issuing regular Notices to Mariners, updates in the Kingfisher Bulletin, and posting updates on the project website www.fiveestuaries.co.uk, and have also established a dedicated email address for all fisheries related enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm is currently at a relatively early stage of development and it is anticipated that the project, if approved, will become operational around 2030.
The Five Estuaries website is: www.fiveestuaries.co.uk
Five Estuaries is the extension of the existing Galloper Offshore Wind Farm. Local design consultancy Steamboat Creative engaged to create the project brand.
Suffolk, 7 July 2021
After completing a competitive tender process, Steamboat Creative has been appointed to assist with brand creation and graphic design for the Galloper extension project in the southern north sea, known as Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm.
Since being engaged, Steamboat Creative has worked alongside project managers at RWE Renewables, the company leading the development of the Five Estuaries project on behalf of the project partners. RWE commissioned Felixstowe based Steamboat to create the Five Estuaries brand logo and website design, as well as associated collateral such as letter heads and digital templates.
Reb Capper, Creative Director of Steamboat, said: “We are keen to work on anything remotely green and good, particularly within the local region, so supporting the Five Estuaries project with branding and design services has been fantastic for us. The RWE project team has been wonderful to work alongside and the design process ran really smoothly with the brand being quickly established.
“Our work at Steamboat is predominantly about making things easier and clearer, whilst spreading a little more joy. We hope we managed to introduce a little of that joy with an injection of clean, contemporary design and colour to help ensure the Five Estuaries identity is memorable. The project name is a nod to the well-known estuaries along the East coast of England where the project is located. Overall, we developed a clean, strong brand that connects the five estuaries in five lines which form part of the logo.”
Five Estuaries Project Manager, Umair Patel said: “Working with a local creative supplier on our branding has been a great process throughout. The project website, designed by Steamboat Creative, is key in allowing the public to access clear information about Five Estuaries as the project progresses. We will continue to work with Steamboat on future design needs and are confident that stakeholders will recognise the brand as we move forwards with the project.”
The Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm is currently at an early stage of development and it is anticipated that the project, if approved, will become operational around 2030.
The Five Estuaries website is: www.fiveestuaries.co.uk
Note to Editors
The Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm project partners include a Macquarie-led consortium (25%), RWE (25%) Siemens’ financing arm, Siemens Financial Services (25%), ESB (12.5%) and Sumitomo Corporation (12.5%).