As a pioneer in the field of sustainable energy, we are committed to undertaking our business in a way which creates a positive impact for the environment. We take this responsibility very seriously and work hard to ensure that we comply with all relevant statutory environment regulations.
We respect the ecosystems within which we are privileged to work, and we aim to set the standards of best practice by leading by example.
The MeyGen project was granted consent for the offshore works by Scottish Ministers under Section 36 of The Electricity Act 1989 and Section 25 of the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010. The project has also been granted planning permission for the onshore works under Section 28 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 by The Highland Council.
An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Habitats Regulations Appraisal (HRA) have been undertaken to assess the likely impact of the project on the natural and human environment. The scope of the EIA included the entire development from the offshore tidal turbine array through to the substation connecting into the national electricity grid.
The EIA process identifies the areas where significant environmental effects may occur, and outlines mitigation measures or management techniques aimed at reducing or offsetting these effects. This is done in consultation with stakeholders to address their concerns.
Construction activities are carried out in accordance with a suite of documents including onshore and offshore Environmental Management Plans and a Navigation Safety Plan. These plans have been consulted on and approved by the regulators and their advisors.