This Environmental Statement (ES), together with the accompanying Environmental Appraisal, Seascape, Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, and Navigational Risk Assessment, constitutes the formal report of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Habitats Regulation Appraisal (HRA) requirements. This has been executed in support of an application for consent under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 submitted by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) for the wave test site at Billia Croo, Orkney.
The ES summarises the findings of the Environmental Appraisal (REP666) that considers potential impacts of test site activities based on the Project Envelope (REP646). This ES references and should be read in conjunction with the following key documents:
- Environmental Appraisal, produced by Xodus Group (REP666);
- Seascape, Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, developed by Land Use Consultants (LUC) (REP663);
- Navigational Risk Assessment, updated by Marine and Risk Consultants (Marico Marine) (REP522); and
- Socio-economic Assessment, summarised report based on assessment commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) (REP659).