Hornsea Round 3, North Sea

SMart Wind Ltd

The Hornsea Zone is being developed to provide a generation capacity of 4GW by 2020 by SMart Wind, a 50/50 joint venture between Mainstream Renewable Power (UK) Ltd and Siemens Project Ventures GmbH.

RPS is appointed as Planning and Environmental consultant to prepare the Development Consent Order (DCO) application to the Planning Inspectorate for both the onshore and offshore infrastructure for the first two projects providing up to 3GW capacity.

The onshore studies have covered export cable route options in two locations and site selection for a High Voltage Direct Current Converter Station or AC substation.

RPS is supporting four phases of public and stakeholder consultation for Sections 42 and 47 of the Planning Act 2008, preparing the Planning Statement; and providing all environmental studies required to prepare the Environmental Impact Assessment and Habitat Regulations Assessment for the onshore elements.

Our teams have carried out:

Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment for onshore elements

Seascape & Visual Impact Assessments for offshore elements

Ornithological surveys

Ecological surveys for cable routing and landfall works (within Humber Special Protection Area and Special Area of Conservation.

Archaeology Services