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Hexicon AB’s Dounreay Trì floating offshore wind farm has been granted consent by Scottish Government. This groundbreaking demonstration project will help change the face of offshore wind energy generation by allowing turbines to be installed in waters too deep for conventional technologies. Not only does this open up new areas for wind development, but may also reduce potential impacts on marine wildlife (e.g. on seabirds) that may be associated with these projects and has gained the support of the RSPB.
Offshore renewable energy plants need to be connected to the grid, which means there are onshore elements to the Dounreay Trì project. Caledonian Conservation Ltd is proud to have completed the full suite of onshore ecology and ornithology work, as well as the terrestrial Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) chapters for the Environmental Statement (ES). Ecological features identified and considered in the assessment included various international and national protected sites designated for a range of features including breeding seabirds, raptors, wintering geese and swans, otter, Scottish primrose sand dune habitats. Other ecological features considered included other protected mammals (badger, pine marten, bats), reptiles, barn owl and other bird species. Being objective and clear, we are pleased that our assessment and recommended mitigation was accepted by the determining authorities without objection.
Read the Scottish Government announcement here.
Read more about the recent council approval on the BBC website.
Read more about RSPB’s support for the Dounreay Trì in The Scotsman.
Read more about Hexicon AB here.
Read more about RES here.