Providing impact assessments avoiding/minimising environmental impacts
Implemented strategic and carefully-managed approach, drawn by in-house technical experts in key risk areas
Ecological management plan ensuring guideline conformity and project execution
Reduced risks played through into the investment process
Our work, particularly in respect of impact assessments, is focused on avoiding or minimising environmental impacts to make the project as sustainable as possible. We use a strategic, carefully-managed approach, led by science and drawing on in-house technical expertise in key risk areas. The approach has a long track record of success. When consent was given for four offshore wind farms in the Dogger Bank Zone in 2015, it was the largest number of projects to be awarded consent at one time.
The combined capacity not only makes Dogger Bank the largest in the world, but it is also currently the furthest offshore, situated at a distance of up to 190km from the coast.
Detailed planning provides confidence and certainty for investors
Once consent was achieved, we worked with the joint venture formed to take forward three of the four projects.
The post consent phase involves getting the project ready for construction. A key area of focus is on helping to provide investment certainty and requires detailed planning to create the business case to give investors confidence to proceed
Adam Pharaoh, Technical Director at Royal HaskoningDHV’s offshore wind team
“The rigour we bring to this, from an environmental and consenting perspective, reduces the risks that play through into the investment process and helps demonstrate that the project is viable and can be built in the required timescale.
“One of the challenges faced is the need to verify and confirm that final plans are in line with what was previously assessed, as consent is provided on the basis of an outline design,” Adam continues. “In addition, regulations and expectations of stakeholders change as to acceptable levels of impact and we need to address this.”
The discharge of conditions on the first two phases includes coordinating a programme of comprehensive surveys onshore and offshore. These range from the archaeology of onshore Iron Age sites to traffic and transport considerations and ecology. For example, our Ecological Management Plan sets out the principles for how onshore works areas will be safeguarded during the installation of cables and construction of the converter station. All these activities are supported by an extensive process of consultation with stakeholders.
From archaeologists to transport specialists, we have all expertise in house
“Our clients benefit from working with what is the largest, most experienced offshore wind development and consent support team in Europe,” says Adam. “It means they are able to access an unparalleled level of specialist expertise – from ecologists and archaeologists to transport and noise assessment experts, and more.”
With construction under way, we are overseeing activities to ensure they conform with guidelines and that works are undertaken in a manner that was previously assessed and consented.
With construction under way, we are overseeing activities to ensure they conform with guidelines and that works are undertaken in a manner that was previously assessed and consented.Learn more about Leading with Sustainability or download our publications