Xodus Group has delivered the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and licence application for Minesto's Holyhead Deep project west of Anglesey for which consent has been confirmed by Natural Resources Wales.
The consent is for a 0.5 MW Deep Green device which will demonstrate and prove the technology ahead of plans for installing a 10 MW array at the site. The installation site is located in the southern corner of Holyhead Deep, 6.5 km off the coast of Anglesey and has been carefully selected to maintain separation from shipping lanes and to minimise the impact on other sea users.
The first phase of the project will include a single Deep Green device unit, seabed foundation and a surfaced moored buoy, with installation planned this year. The in-depth EIA carried out by Xodus considered the potential impacts acts on fisheries, marine mammals, sea birds, marine archaeology and cultural heritage as well as shipping and navigation, which were concluded to be ‘not significant'.
James Monnington, lead environmental consultant at Xodus Group said: “Xodus has developed specialist expertise in environmental impact assessments for renewable energy and tidal projects, so greatly welcomes the Holyhead Deep consent which will allow Minesto to deploy and assess its innovative Deep Green technology. We look forward to working with the developer further as it seeks to roll out an array to provide a robust alternative energy source for the UK.”
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