We have published the Environmental Impact Assessment on our own "Application" website for public viewing. Further details can be found by clicking on the link below.

In January 2016, the Creag Riabhach wind farm developer was granted permission by the Scottish Ministers to build a up to 22 turbines with a potential installed capacity of up to 72.6 Megawatts (MW). Under our licence obligations we must provide new sources of electricity generation with a connection to the national electricity grid. As such we are obliged to offer the Creag Riabhach wind farm developer a connection to our electricity transmission network.

The proposed Creag Riabhach wind farm grid connection consists of approximately 22 km of 132 kV overhead line supported by double trident H wood pole structures between a substation at Creag Riabhach Wind Farm and Dalchork substation, which is due to commence construction in summer 2020 under a separate project. Our current project programme indicates commencement of construction in July 2021 with completion in June 2022 to meet contracted connection dates.

On 9 March 2020 we submitted an application to Scottish Ministers for consent under section 37 of the Electricity Act 1989 for the grid connection for Creag Riabhach wind farm. We have been working closely with the Energy Consents Unit to ensure that, during the COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the UK and Scottish Governments, the application can be processed formally and in accordance with all relevant Regulations.

We will be issuing public notices advertising the consent application on or just after the first week of June 2020 in the Press and Journal, Northern Times and Edinburgh Gazette. A copy of the public notice is also published on this website.

Any representations to the application may be submitted via the Energy Consents Unit website at www.energyconsents.scot/Register.aspx; by email to the Scottish Government, Energy Consents Unit mailbox at representations@gov.scot; or by post to the Scottish Government, Energy Consents Unit, 4th Floor, 5 Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow, G2 8LU, identifying the proposal and specifying the grounds for representation. Please note that there may be a delay in the Energy Consents Unit receiving representations by post.

 

EIA Vol 1 - Non Technical Summary

Non-Technical Summary

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Volume 1 - Figure 1 Location Plan and Overview March 2020

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Volume 1 - Figure 2a The Proposed Development - Section 37 Project Elements

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Volume 1 - Figure 2b The Proposed Development - Deemed Planning Permission Project Elements

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EIA Vol 2

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Volume 2 - Chapter 1 Introduction.

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Volume 2 - Chapter 2 Route Selection and Alternatives

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Volume 2 - Chapter 3 Description of the Proposed Development

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Volume 2 - Chapter 4 EIA Consultation

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Volume 2 - Chapter 5 Methodology

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Volume 2 - Chapter 6 Landscape and Visual

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Volume 2 - Chapter 7 Ecology

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Volume 2 - Chapter 8 Ornithology

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Volume 2 - Chapter 9 Cultural Heritage

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Volume 2 - Chapter 10 Hydrology Hydrogeology Geology and Soils

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Volume 2 - Chapter 11 Forestry

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Volume 2 - Chapter 12 Schedule of Environmental Mitigation

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Volume 2 - Contents and Glossary

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EIA Vol 3

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Volume 3 - Contents

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Volume 3 - Figure 1.1 Overview of the Proposed Development

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Volume 3 - Figure 2.1 Route Options

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Volume 3 - Figure 2.2 Refined Route Options

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Volume 3 - Figure 2.3 Alignment Options

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Volume 3 - Figure 2.3 Alignment Options

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Volume 3 - Figure 2.4 EIA Scoping Alignment

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Volume 3 - Figure 2.5 Alignments Comparison and Forestry and Land Constraints

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Volume 3 - Figure 3.1a The Proposed Development - Section 37 Elements

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Volume 3 - Figure 3.1b The Proposed Development - Deemed Planning Permission Project Elements

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Volume 3 - Figure 3.2 Visualisation Location 1 North of Crask

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Volume 3 - Figure 3.3 Visualisation Location 2 Tirryside

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Volume 3 - Figure 6.1 Zone of Theoretical Visibility

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Volume 3 - Figure 6.2 Landscape Designations, Constraints and Character

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Volume 3 - Figure 6.3 Visual Receptors

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Volume 3 - Figure 7.1 Designated Sites of Nature Conservation Importance

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Volume 3 - Figure 7.2 Phase 1 Habitats

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Volume 3 - Figure 7.3 GWDTE and Peatland Habitats

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Volume 3 - Figure 8.1 Ornithology Survey Areas

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Volume 3 - Figure 8.2 Vantage Point Locations and Viewsheds

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Volume 3 - Figure 8.3 Internationally Designated Sites of Conservation Importance

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Volume 3 - Figure 8.4 Nationally Designated Sites of Conservation Importance

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Volume 3 - Figure 8.5 Breeding Bird Territories

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Volume 3 - Figure 9.1 Cultural Heritage

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Volume 3 - Figure 9.2 Cultural Heritage Visualisation Location Broch

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Volume 3 - Figure 10.1 Local Hydrology

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Volume 3 - Figure 10.2 Soil Plan

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Volume 3 - Figure 10.3 Superficial Geology Plan

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Volume 3 - Figure 10.4 Peatland Classification

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Volume 3 - Figure 10.5 Bedrock Geology Plan

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Volume 3 - Figure 10.6 Peat Depth

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Volume 3 - Figure 10.7 Regional Hydrogeology

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Volume 3 - Figure 10.8 Groundwater Vulnerability

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Volume 3 - Figure 11.1 Operational Corridor

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EIA Vol 4

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Volume 4 - Contents

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Volume 4 - Appendix 1.1 Creag Riabhach Screening Opinion

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Volume 4 - Appendix 3.1 Indicative Pole Locations

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Volume 4 - Appendix 3.2 SHE Transmission Species Protection Plans

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Volume 4 - Appendix 3.3 Outline Construction Environmental Management Plan

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Volume 4 - Appendix 3.4 Transport Assessment

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Volume 4 - Appendix 4.1 Summary of EIA Consultation Responses

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Volume 4 - Appendix 6.1 Visual Assessment Tables

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Volume 4 - Appendix 7.1 Field Survey Methodology

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Volume 4 - Appendix 7.2 Habitat Target Notes

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Volume 4 - Appendix 7.3 Protected Species Survey Results

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Volume 4 - Appendix 7.4 Report to Inform the Appropriate Assessment on SACs

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Volume 4 - Appendix 8.1 Ornithology Field Survey Methodology

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Volume 4 - Appendix 8.2 Baseline Survey Results

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Volume 4 - Appendix 8.3 Ornithology Field Survey Weather Conditions

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Volume 4 - Appendix 8.4 Assessment of Ornithological Receptors of Local Value

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Volume 4 - Appendix 9.1 Cultural Heritage Indirect Effects

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Volume 4 - Appendix 10.1 Peat Management Plan

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Volume 4 - Appendix 10.2 Peat Landslide Hazard Risk Assessment

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Volume 4 - Appendix 10.3 Peat Investigation

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Volume 4 - Appendix 11.1 North Sutherland Land Management Plan - Dalchork Forest

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Volume 4 - Appendix 11.2 Forestry Contextual Photographs

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Volume 4 - Appendix 11.3 Dalchork Forest Sub Compartment Database Map

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Volume 4 - Appendix 11.4 Forestry Tables

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Planning statement

Creag Riabhach WF Planning Statement

Creag Riabhach WF OHL Planning Statement

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