Inch Cape Construction Fund launched with Foundation Scotland

Grants of up to £2,000 are now available to community groups and charities tackling the effects of poverty and inequality or working to improve the local environment in Prestonpans, Cockenzie and Port Seton, through the newly launched Inch Cape Construction Fund. 

Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm will be located off the Angus coast while its onshore substation is under construction at the site of Cockenzie’s old power station, where electricity generated by the offshore turbines will be brought ashore. Inch Cape has worked with Foundation Scotland to launch a new Fund to provide grants to communities in the surrounding areas during the project’s construction phase.

The Fund aims to tackle the effects of poverty and inequality, such as isolation, ill health and access to services, and to support initiatives to improve the local environment.  This may be local groups taking action to reduce loneliness, or those supporting projects to improve mental or physical health and well-being or increase access to learning.  It could also include organisations with projects designed to improve the local environment and contribute to a sustainable future.  The Fund will be for the benefit of people of all ages, ranging across children, families, adults or older people.

Groups can apply for funding at any time during the coming 12 months.  A total of £45,000 will be released across the year to give groups time to develop plans and ideas before applying.

Sue Vincent, Stakeholder and Communications Manager with Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm said:

“We anticipate that the Inch Cape Construction Fund will be able to support a wide range of worthy initiatives and help make a difference to the community local to where we are carrying out our onshore construction work. We are grateful to the team at Foundation Scotland for their expertise and look forward to our ongoing partnership.”

Malcolm Jack, Community Funds Manager at Foundation Scotland, knows the importance of locally available funding:

“Foundation Scotland makes sure that community benefit funding reaches as deep into communities as possible.  We’re delighted that Inch Cape has chosen us to support and run this Fund.  Our extensive experience working with communities and the renewables sector will help make sure the Fund has maximum impact in Prestonpans, Cockenzie and Port Seton.” 

Information and the online application forms are available on Inch Cape Construction Fund page of Foundation Scotland’s website.

Civil engineering work starting at project’s Cockenzie substation site

Civil engineering contractor, Careys is set to start work at the brownfield site of the former Cockenzie coal-fired power station on the East Lothian coast as the next phase of the Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm substation construction gets underway.

Contracted by Siemens Energy, Careys will be responsible for the construction of the site infrastructure and the onshore substation, including its associated buildings, in readiness for the arrival of the electrical equipment including transformers and cables to transport the green energy generated by the offshore wind farm.

Initial groundworks were completed at the site in December 2023, and this upcoming phase of work will see the creation of further drainage at the site, laying of concrete bases, construction of internal roads and bunds, landscaping, and the erection of steel-framed buildings.

Residents along the construction traffic route will receive direct communication from the project on the construction programme and timings of key pieces of work, particularly any activity likely to include an increase in construction traffic or delivery of large loads and equipment.

Regular aerial drone surveys will be undertaken by local company Innovair, to monitor progress of the construction activity.

Inch Cape will comprise up to 72 turbines located 15 km off the Angus Coast and the power it generates will enter the national transmission system at Cockenzie. Once complete it will be one of Scotland’s largest offshore wind farms, generating enough green energy to power the equivalent of half the homes in Scotland.

ICOL, owner of Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm, is an equal joint venture between Edinburgh-based renewable and sustainable energy company, Red Rock Power Limited and Ireland’s leading energy company, ESB.

Latest aerial of Inch Cape’s onshore substation site in Cockenzie, East Lothian.

 

Inch Cape signs capacity reservation agreements with Dajin Offshore and GWSHI

Inch Cape Offshore Limited (ICOL) has signed capacity reservation agreements with Dajin Offshore Heavy Industry (Dajin Offshore) and Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard Heavy Industry (GWSHI) for XXL monopile foundations for the 1.1 gigawatt Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm.

The agreements secure the supply, fabrication and delivery of monopile foundations for the wind farm which is currently progressing towards full construction. The project will comprise up to 72 wind turbines sited in the North Sea 15 kilometres from the east coast of Angus in Scotland.

XXL monopiles are designed for the latest generation of offshore wind turbines. The Inch Cape monopiles will each have a maximum outer diameter of 11.5 metres (m), a maximum length of 110m and a weight of up to 2700 tonnes.

Fabrication of the monopiles is due to commence in late 2024 with delivery to the project scheduled for late 2025.

ICOL, owner of Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm, is an equal joint venture between Edinburgh-based renewable and sustainable energy company, Red Rock Power Limited and Ireland’s leading energy company, ESB.

 

GWSHI’s monopile yard in Qinzhou, China (left) and Dajin Offshore’s monopile yard in Penglai, China (right)

Background:

Owners

ESB has been Ireland’s foremost energy company since it was established in 1927, driven by an unwavering commitment to power society forward and deliver a net-zero future for our customers and the communities we serve.  Launched in 2022, its ‘Driven to Make a Difference: Net Zero by 2040’ strategy sets out a clear roadmap for ESB to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040. It also commits ESB to a science-based target for 2030 to provide assurance that we are decarbonising our operations at the necessary pace and scale.

As a strong, diversified utility, ESB operates across the electricity market, from generation through transmission and distribution, to supply of customers in addition to using our networks to carry fibre for telecommunications. ESB is a leading Irish utility with a regulated asset base of approximately EUR 12.0 billion (comprising ESB Networks at EUR 9.7 billion and NIE Networks at EUR 2.3 billion), a 30 % share of generation in the all-island market and supply businesses supplying electricity and gas to over two million customer accounts throughout the island of Ireland and Great Britain. As at 31 December 2022, ESB Group employed over 8,000 people. For more information visit: https://esb.ie/

Red Rock Power Limited – headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland – is a developer, owner and operator of renewable energy projects. As well as Inch Cape, it owns or has interests in four other onshore and offshore wind farm projects across Scotland and in Sweden. The company is actively pursuing development and acquisition opportunities to grow its existing wind portfolio, as well as expanding into other European markets and sustainable energy sectors.

Red Rock Power Limited is a wholly-owned European subsidiary of SDIC Power Holdings Co. Ltd, based in Beijing. SDIC Power is listed on Shanghai and London Stock Exchanges and owns a total installed capacity of 37.7642 GW globally, almost 70% of which is generated from renewable energy projects.  For more information visit www.redrockpower.co.uk.

Suppliers

Dajin Offshore is largest private Chinese offshore wind fabricator of monopiles, transition pieces and offshore towers. For Dajin top priority is QHSE that was confirmed to be at outstanding levels by independent audits. On top Dajin set clear goals to achieve net carbon neutrality by 2035. Dajin can produce XXL monopiles with up to 11.5m diameter, 2 500T weights and 120m lengths. Dajin operates from its own open sea port with quays of 560m length and water depths up to 14.4m. Annual capacity is at the level of 1 million tons of steel. Dajin is offering to transport foundations from China to overseas markets developing own fleet of large cargo vessels. In addition, Dajin is ready to contribute to European Local Content for offshore wind and for that is delivering secondary structures and electrical outfitting based on EU fabrication and supply chain. Dajin is expanding its capacity and capability including XXXL monopiles with diameter 16m, length up to 150m and weight up to 5000 tonnes as well as floating foundations and jackets to be ready for fabrication in 2024. For more information: www.dajin.cn

Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard Heavy Industry (GWSHI) is a world leading solution provider specialising in large scale manufacturing for offshore energy, renewable energy, oil and gas applications, infrastructure and mining. GWSHI is part of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC). With over 40 years of experience, GWSHI has an extensive track record supplying complex projects globally for the energy sector. GWSHI’s core business sectors include: large scale structural fabrication, engineering, resources integration, supply chain management, project management, global logistics and financing. Through its seven yards, with a total area of 3,294,000m² and located in the South of China, the company manufactures one of the most complete steel product ranges worldwide and offers complete solutions for our customers. The range of products includes: XXXL monopiles (up to and including 15m OD), fully fabricated floating wind structures, transition pieces for both monopiles and jackets, offshore wind farm serial jackets, pin piles, suction buckets, tubulars for serial jackets, large scale steel structures, jack-up and pressure vessels. For more information: https://www.cssc-cwhi.com/

 

 

Screening opinion received from Marine Directorate on temporary cofferdam

Inch Cape has received the screening opinion from the Marine Directorate confirming the application to use a temporary cofferdam during the installation of the export cable would not need an environmental impact assessment (EIA).

The project team applied for a screening opinion having found that a temporary cofferdam may be required for additional works at the Cockenzie landfall site and for the installation of its export cables. A cofferdam would provide a safe working area and protection for the works set to take place within the intertidal zone.

Full details of the proposal as well as the feedback from the Marine Directorate can be found in the published Screening Opinion under the Marine Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2017h.

The next steps for the process will be the submissions of an application for a marine licence for the works before the end of 2023.

The pre-application public consultation on the temporary cofferdam has concluded however further consultation will be carried out with statutory stakeholders through the application process.

This screening opinion follows two other approvals received by the project from the Scottish Ministers in 2023 including a variation to the offshore transmission works marine licence received in August and a variation to the Section 36 consent and generating station marine licence received in June 2023.

An application for a new marine licence for additional landfall works was also submitted to the Marine Directorate in August 2023

Community consultation – Temporary cofferdam works

Following further site investigations and engineering design considerations for the installation of the offshore export cables, a potential requirement to construct a temporary cofferdam at the landfall location has been identified.

We will be visiting both Port Seton and Prestonpans on the dates shown below, but if you aren’t able to make it along to see us on those dates, you’ll find all of the information we are displaying on the online consultation page here.

We will be holding 2 in-person community open days which will allow people the chance to ask questions of the project team.  These will take place on:

Tuesday 27th June, 1.00 – 7.00pm, Port Seton Community Centre

Wednesday 28th June, 1.00 – 7.00pm, Prestonpans Town Hall

If you’re not able to join us at either of these sessions and have questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at info@inchcapewind.co.uk

Capacity cap removed for Inch Cape offshore wind project

Scottish Ministers have agreed to vary the section 36 consent granted to Inch Cape Offshore Ltd – removing the 1000MW maximum generating capacity of their 72-turbine offshore wind project located off the Angus coastline.

The variation of consent does not increase the number of turbines and will not affect any of the other permissions or consents currently in place.

Commenting on the variation, Adam Ezzamel, Project Director, Inch Cape Offshore Wind Ltd, said:

“This is an important part of getting the project into shape as we look to compete in the auction for government-backed contracts for renewable energy later this year. Whilst this doesn’t change the number of turbines we can deploy, or maximum tip heights, it will allow us to use the most powerful wind turbines on the market, meaning we can produce more power at an even lower cost for consumers from the same overall layout.

“The auction is going to be incredibly competitive and likely to see a further reduction in the cost of offshore wind, so we need to optimise every single aspect of the project if we are to succeed.”

The decision notice can be found in the Library.

Dolphin Spotters Wanted!

Do you like nothing better than gazing out to sea, to see what you can see?  If so, you may be able to help with a fascinating project being undertaken up and down the North Sea coastline!

Citizenfins is looking for your photographs of bottlenose dolphins!  For years these amazing marine mammals have been viewed off the east coast of Scotland, particularly in places like the Moray Firth and the Firth of Forth, but recently this population has expanded south into English waters!

Inch Cape Offshore Ltd is delighted to be helping fund the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) with this work. To expand on their dedicated survey programme SMRU need your help to monitor the bottlenose dolphins! They’re looking for your photos, taken off South East Scotland and along the North East coast of England, of the dolphin’s dorsal fins to help understand the extent of the range expansion. Further information is available in this leaflet and to learn more about the long-established photo ID project monitoring the Moray Firth bottlenose dolphin population visit their website https://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/citizenfins

Red Rock Power Appoints Inch Cape Project Director As It Commits To Building Wind Farm

  • Adam Ezzamel to steer project as development moves forward

Red Rock Power Limited has appointed Adam Ezzamel as Project Director of the Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm as it moves forward with development. He brings over 10 years of experience working on and leading major UK and Scottish offshore wind projects including Aberdeen Bay and Neart na Gaoithe and will lead the Inch Cape project team.

Guy Madgwick, CEO of Red Rock Power Limited, said: “Inch Cape is a strong, viable proposition and we are committed to completing the wind farm. Adam’s appointment comes as we look to accelerate our plans and his experience will prove invaluable as we continue to progress with the project.”

Inch Cape – owned by Red Rock Power subsidiary, Inch Cape Offshore Limited – is consented for up to 72 turbines off the Angus Coast and has an existing grid connection at Cockenzie in East Lothian.

Adam added: “I’ve been very impressed with the Inch Cape development, both as an outside observer and as part of the delivery team. In Inch Cape lies significant opportunities and I look forward to working with the team, supply chain and stakeholders as we work towards bringing the wind farm to fruition.”

Inch Cape Wind Farm Granted Consent for Improved Offshore Proposal

  • Development reaches key milestone ahead of CfD bid
  • New plans will see fewer, more efficient turbines installed 15km off Angus coastline in East of Scotland

Inch Cape Offshore Limited (ICOL) has secured consent from the Scottish Government for its alternative wind farm proposal submitted last August. The project reaches this key milestone as it prepares to bid in the third Contract for Difference (CfD) funding allocation round later this month.

The new design for up to 72 turbines is an improved alternative to ICOL’s original consented design (for up to 110 turbines) which was previously secured in 2014. The new proposal sees fewer but taller and higher capacity turbines, significantly improving the efficiency of the wind farm. This reduction, which would also reduce the number of export cables required, provides an opportunity to significantly cut construction time and costs to the end user. The new design, with less infrastructure requirements, also further decreases the risk of potential environmental impacts.

Ben King, Offshore Consents Manager at ICOL, said: “The opportunity to propose an alternative design, which will see significant economic benefits and reduced risk of environmental impacts, is testament to how new technologies are continuing to transform the industry and bring improved benefits to the consumer. Securing approval is a key step forward ahead of our CfD bid and while our previous consent remains valid, the progression of our plans and work over the last few months very much focused around this new design.”

In a further step forward for the project, ICOL is currently conducting the second phase of its offshore site investigation in the Outer Firth of Tay and Firth of Forth following initial works at the end of 2018. The investigation has so far completed geotechnical studies and is expected to finalise a geophysical survey in July, with seabed data informing the next detailed design phase of wind farm.

The development is expected to bring at least £558m and 858 jobs* to the UK economy during construction through the local supply chain. ICOL is currently finalising its assessment for the location of its Operations and Maintenance base at a local port on the East Coast, which will bring further considerable economic benefits to the local area for the duration of the wind farm.

ENDS

*Based on the lowest generating capacity considered in the application. The final design may allow for a greater generating capacity and therefore this would have greater benefits on the economy.