Consultation on proposed Cockenzie substation

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East Lothian residents are being asked for their views on the proposed construction of an electricity substation on land near the coal store at the decommissioned Cockenzie Power Station.

Community consultation events have been arranged by Inch Cape Offshore Limited, which intends to apply for planning permission in principle for the onshore transmission works associated with the Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm.

The events will take place at Prestonpans Community Centre on April 23 and at Longniddry Inn on April 24, between 2pm and 8pm.

Members of the public will have an opportunity to view the plans and to provide feedback to the development team.

The proposed onshore transmission works (OnTW) include the construction of the onshore substation and associated onshore infrastructure required to connect the Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm to the National Electricity Transmission System at Cockenzie.

The proposed onshore substation would be situated south east of Cockenzie substation between an existing coal store and the B1361.

ICOL has already submitted consent applications to Marine Scotland for the Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm site and associated Offshore Transmission Works.

The proposed Offshore Wind Farm is located around 15 km to the east of the Angus coastline. It is expected to cover an area of 150km2 generating capacity of up to 1,050MW, sufficient to provide the annual electricity needs of around 680,000 homes.

The onshore grid connection was offered by National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET) and was accepted by ICOL in January 2012.

The site at Cockenzie was identified following discussions regarding availability of land, environmental assessments and engineering studies.

A Proposal of Application Notice (PAN), which indicates a planning application will be made, was submitted to East Lothian Council’s planning department on March 12.

The planning application, when it is submitted, will be for permission in principle for the construction, operation and decommissioning of a substation, underground electricity cables and associated works.

Copies of the PAN were provided to Tranent and Elphinstone, Prestonpans, Cockenzie and Port Seton and Longniddry Community Councils for their comment.

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) will be undertaken for the OnTW. An Environmental Statement, which will present the findings of the EIA, will be submitted with the planning application to East Lothian Council.

As an initial phase in the EIA process, ICOL has submitted a Scoping Report to East Lothian Council for a formal opinion on the proposed content and methodology for the EIA. This Scoping Report is available on the ICOL website

Will you be attending the meetings? What are your views on the proposal? You can let us know by emailing, telephone 0131 561 6623.

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