London Array, Thames Estuary
London Array Ltd
RPS acted as lead consultants for the Environmental Impact Assessment for this 1,000MW offshore wind farm in the Thames Estuary and provided the Environmental Statement accompanying both onshore and offshore applications.
The full development includes 341 turbines rising from the sea about 12 miles (20km) off the Kent and Essex coasts, as well as five offshore substations and up to four meteorological masts. The onshore grid connection is at a new substation near the existing National Grid overhead line at Cleve Hill, near Faversham in Kent.
RPS provided Environmental services including the provision of a dedicated Project Manager to the consortium for the duration of the ES production. The specialist surveys and studies included Ecology, Ornithology, Noise (including marine), Landscape and Visual resources, Archaeology, Agriculture and Soils, Traffic and Transport, Shellfisheries, Flood Risk and Drainage, Planning and GIS support.
Four RPS specialists were Expert Witnesses at the successful planning appeal for the onshore application for the substation.