The environmental consent process has a critical path, a major portion of which is focused on heritage and archaeology. The programme and sequence must be adhered to ensure the project does not suffer delays. Archaeology, badly managed, can be seen as an obstacle holding other contractors up. Headland has a different approach to things; we want to work with our clients to ensure they keep on track and can design our programme of works to fit theirs.
The wind farm development at Neart na Gaoithe covers an area of approximately 80 km² approximately 15 km east of Fife Ness, within Scottish territorial waters. It will consist of 75 turbines with a target capacity of 450 MW. Electricity generated from the wind farm will be conveyed to a landfall location near Torness Nuclear Power Station.
Headland Archaeology provided many of the required documents in the consenting process of the Neart Na Gaoithe offshore wind farm. The desk-based assessment identified a number of wrecks, including two submarines, which sank in collision with other Royal Navy vessels in the so-called ‘Battle of May Island’. The assessment identified a total of six live wrecks. Geophysical work identified a further 14 potential targets. This fed into a Written Scheme of Investigation which included nine targets with 50m AEZs and 14 targets with 100m AEZs.
Mainstream Renewable Power
Maritime and Marine (Desk-based assessment; EIA; Geotechnical assessment; Geophysics; Written scheme of investigation)