EIA assessments for MarramWind

Supporting key elements of the EIA for one of the world’s first large-scale commercial floating offshore wind farms

MarramWind is a joint venture between ScottishPower and Shell. Located 75km off the north-east coast of Scotland, it will be among the world’s first large-scale commercial floating offshore wind farms.

Expected to generate up to 3GW of renewable energy from around 200 floating turbines, the project will make a key contribution to Scotland’s renewable energy generation, in support of the Scottish government’s target of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2045.

On behalf of WSP, ABPmer supported the project with key elements of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). To enhance baseline understanding of the site and provide a robust foundation for the assessment of potential impacts to benthic habitats, our marine ecologists undertook a benthic characterisation study, based on analysis of geophysical data acquired by the project.

Our marine physical processes specialists completed the geology, oceanography and physical process element of the EIA, as part of the consenting process. Supported by our SEASTATES hindcast metocean models, the assessment considered the likely significant effects on marine physical process receptors that could arise from the construction, operation and decommissioning of the project.

MarramWind is expected to be operational by 2030.

ABPmer is a recognised Development Service Provider offering a wide range of services that support clients throughout the renewable project life cycle.

We have completed EIA related studies for over 30 UK offshore wind, wave and tidal developments, including Scotland’s Beatrice, Moray East and Moray West Wind Farms, as well as post-consent coastal processes and metocean support.

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