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Project Name:
Severn Power Station - Environmental Impact Assessment
Client:
Severn Power Ltd and Severn Gas Transportation Ltd
Year:
Jul 31, 2010
Keywords:
Various
Summary:
Our role: Severn Power Ltd proposed to build an 850MWe CCGT (Combined Cycle Gas Turbine) power station near Newport in South Wales. The new plant has been built ...

Our role: Severn Power Ltd proposed to build an 850MWe CCGT (Combined Cycle Gas Turbine) power station near Newport in South Wales. The new plant has been built on the footprint of the demolished Uskmouth “A”, next to the existing Usk mouth coal fired Power Plant, on the banks of the River Usk. The project was successfully submitted under the Electricity and Pipe-line Works (Assessment of Environmental Effects) Regulations 2000, and included Section 36 and 14 consent applications.

To connect the proposed power station to the national Transmission System (NTS) required the construction of new 450mm diameter pipeline; the first 4.5km of which is routed entirely within St Brides, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI, with the final 1.5km passed under the confluence of the River Usk Special Area of Conservation (SAC), SSSI and Severn Estuary Ramsar Site, Special Protection Area (SPA), proposed Special Area of Conservation (pSAC) and SSSI. As such, the project was having potential to significantly affect statutorily designated sites.

Roderick Ellison was project manager for the scheme and coordinated the production of four EIAs and extensive supporting information, including the assembly of information to inform Appropriate Assessments (as required under the Habitat Regulations). His role on the project was far broader then the project management of the EIA process with involvement in most facets of the scheme; including representing the client in divestiture due diligence, detail input into contractual documents and overseeing construction stage environmental management.

ecosulis ltd co-ordinated comprehensive ecological surveys required to inform the development design and compilation of the Ecology Chapter for the Environmental Statement. Surveys included detailed botanical, great crested newt, reptile, breeding bird, wintering bird, aquatic invertebrate, badger, water vole and otter. Extensive consultation was undertaken with the Countryside Council for Wales and with specialist noise and vibration consultants with respect to the potential impacts on the internationally important wintering birds and fish populations. A long-term management plan was provided for the entire Uskmouth Power Plant site (approximately 83ha), which aimed at managing elements of the site primarily for biodiversity and others for current and future industrial purposes.

 

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