Xodus to host EIA workshop at Tidal Energy Summit
Xodus Group is hosting a workshop which will look at successfully managing consent risk to minimise delays in the planning of tidal projects at the 10th annual International Tidal Energy Summit (ITES) on Tuesday (November 22).
Liz Foubister, specialist at Xodus, will open the session at the Novotel London West Hotel by sharing the company’s tidal array environmental impact assessment (EIA) experience and assess how EIAs are evolving. Minas Energy will also present a case study on successfully managing consent risk.
Xodus offers engineering and advisory support to clients in the oil and gas, LNG, renewables and utilities industries worldwide. The company has been involved in seven UK tidal array EIA projects overall, some of which are still ongoing.
As lead consultant in the EIA for the 86MW Phase 1 MeyGen tidal energy project, Xodus played a pivotal role in the creation of the environmental statement (ES). The EIA considered the possible positive or negative impacts of the project on the local environment as well as potential social and economic aspects. The ES represented the culmination of four years’ of consultation, surveys and assessment, with the offshore and onshore applications submitted to the Scottish Government and The Highland Council in July 2012 and given consent in September 2013.
Liz Foubister said: “We look forward to sharing our experience with delegates in how to successfully manage consent risk at the summit on Tuesday. This is an excellent opportunity to gather knowledge from those involved in tidal projects internationally in an interactive format and I would encourage those with an interest in tidal energy to get involved and share their ideas.”
In its tenth year, ITES is a global forum focused on bringing together project developers, OEMs and suppliers looking to deliver commercial scale, cost competitive commercial scale tidal arrays. Xodus Group is hosting Workshop 3: Successfully Managing Consent Risk at 2pm on Tuesday, November 22. For more information please visit: http://www.tidaltoday.com/tidal-conference/conference-agenda.php