ABPmer Leads Three Studies for Marine Scotland

ABPmer has recently been appointed to lead three studies for Marine Scotland under a Scottish Government Framework contract.

Following on from an earlier commission to prepare a Habitats Regulations Appraisal (HRA) for the draft plan for offshore wind energy in Scottish territorial waters, ABPmer have now been commissioned to prepare a similar HRA to support the development of their wave and tidal energy plan.

Separately, ABPmer in association with the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) have been contracted to prepare expanded and updated guidance on consenting, EIA and HRA for offshore wind, wave and tidal development in Scottish waters.

In a further commission, ABPmer was appointed in association with Risk & Policy Analysts to prepare a socio-economic baseline review and data gap analysis for offshore renewables in Scottish waters.

Commenting on the awards, Stephen Hull, ABPmer’s Project Director said ‘We are delighted to be supporting Marine Scotland on these studies. Our success in winning this work demonstrates our strong understanding of the strategic issues associated with large scale deployment of offshore energy devices and maintains our association with the sector’.

ABPmer is a leading provider of specialist advice and technical expertise to the marine renewable energy sector. As well as undertaking work for Government, the company has a long history of supporting offshore wind developers achieve their ambitions and has led several strategic reviews including the appropriate assessment associated with The Crown Estate’s recent Pentland Firth marine renewables leasing round.

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Offshore WIND staff, November 22, 2011

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