Walkers on the John Muir Way should look out for a temporary diversion around the site of the former Cockenzie Power Station for five days, from Monday February 28 to Friday 4th March.
The diversion will occur towards the end of a three-week programme of site investigation at the Cockenzie site which starts Monday [14 Feb]. This work is being carried out by Inch Cape Offshore Limited, which is developing an offshore wind farm off the Angus coast, to test ground conditions for their planned electricity substation.
The work will involve drilling boreholes over the site, as well as digging some trial trenches on a small section of the John Muir Way next to the seawall where export cables from the wind farm will eventually be installed.
“The diversion will be signposted a week in advance and will apply to the section which runs from around Cockenzie Harbour along the seawall towards the Hummocks,” explains Nikki Keddie, Stakeholder Manager at Inch Cape.
“We hope this will not prove too much of disruption to walkers and we will reinstate the original route following the completion of works on March 4,” Nikki concludes.
The Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm, currently in late-stage development, will see up to 72 turbines located 15 km off the Angus Coast and connect to the National Grid at Cockenzie. Once complete, it will be one of Scotland’s largest single sources of renewable energy and power up to one million homes with clean electricity.
Please see below for a map of the proposed diversion.