Celtic Array is proposing to develop an offshore wind farm, called Rhiannon Wind Farm, in the Irish Sea Zone. At its closest point, Rhiannon would be located approximately 19km from Anglesey, 34km from the Isle of Man and 60km from the Cumbrian coast.
It is the first project proposed in the Irish Sea Zone and could have an installed capacity of up to 2.2GW, which we estimate could be enough to power about 1.5* million homes.
The proposal for Rhiannon Wind Farm includes:
The applications required for this proposal include:
In preparation for these applications, we will:
Carry out further technical survey work. The anticipated timescales for these preparatory works for submission are provided below.
The submission of Rhiannon Wind Farm's offshore scoping report to the Planning Inspectorate in July 2012 marked the first step in the consenting process. The scoping document is available below and the scoping opinion issued by the Planning Inspectorate is available on the National Infrastructure Planning website.
The majority of offshore pre-application survey work has now been completed and Celtic Array is now progressing with the environmental impact assessment for the offshore elements of the project. Celtic Array has reviewed the scoping opinion and considered this in this work.
Celtic Array is undertaking initial technical and environmental studies to help identify the most suitable site options on Anglesey for the onshore elements of Rhiannon Wind Farm. A 'Scoping Report' has been submitted to the Isle of Anglesey County Council (Anglesey County Council) based on the latest iteration of this site selection. A copy of the Scoping Report can be accessed below.
The Onshore Scoping Report outlines the scope and approach of the environmental assessment work we have proposed. Anglesey County Council has now considered and consulted on our report and responded to us with its views in a document known as a 'Scoping Opinion' Report. This document includes the council's views on our approach to assessing potential environmental impacts on topics such as ecology, ornithology, socio-economics (including potential effects on tourism), cultural heritage and landscape and visual impacts.
Onshore site selection work is ongoing to further define the scheme and onshore environmental surveys over the study area are ongoing.
Celtic Array is undertaking a structured programme of consultation including two main stages of consultation, additional informal consultations (including the recent onshore information days) and ongoing engagement with the public and relevant stakeholders as shown in the timeline above. The Statement of Community Consultation outlines our approach to community and stakeholder consultation.
As part of stage one consultation on the offshore elements of Rhiannon wind farm, we published two important documents which can be downloaded. These documents set out the key aims, objectives and potential impacts of the Rhiannon Wind Farm project. The feedback received during the first phase of consultation (29th October to 20 December 2012) will be considered and help inform our development plans.
The Preliminary Environmental Information document contains a detailed overview of our proposals, and is primarily intended for those stakeholders with a technical interest in the project. The Community Consultation Document is designed to inform those with a non-technical interest in the project, such as local residents and community groups.
Each photomontage sheet should be printed at A3 (420mm x 297mm) and should be viewed from a distance of 300mm curved through 75 degrees. Photomontages are presented here for illustrative purposes only and larger versions more suitable to provide a visual representation will be available at exhibitions and later in the consultation process. For further information on best practice for photomontages, please refer to the Visual Representation of Windfarms Good Practice Guidance (Scottish Natural Heritage, 2006)
Dylid argraffu pob ffotogyfosodiad ar A3 (420mm x 297mm)( a dylid eu gweld o bellter o 300mm gyda chromlen 75 gradd. Cyflwynir ffotogyfosodiadau yma ar gyfer dibenion enghreifftiol yn unig a bydd fersiynau mwy sy'n rhoi darluniad gwell ar gael mewn arddangosfeydd ac yn nes ymlaen yn y broses ymgynghori. Mae mwy o wybodaeth ar arfer gorau ar gyfer ffotogyfosodiadau ar gael yng nghanllawiau arfer da Cynrychiolaeth Weledol Ffermydd Gwynt (Scottish Natural Heritage, 2006)
We are reviewing all the feedback we received from our Stage 1 consultation and considering in our project plans and environmental impact assessment work.
Although the Scoping Report and Scoping Opinion report are not public consultation documents, Celtic Array would like to engage with the local community and held a series of public information days on Anglesey in May and June 2013, where we provided updates on our progress in relation to the onshore works as set out in the Scoping Report.
We are currently reviewing feedback we received from these information days and plan to provide information about the key themes that were raised by stakeholders.
This information will be available in our Interim Consultation Report that we plan to publish prior to our second stage of formal consultation. The report will contain information on the formal and informal consultation that has taken place to date with regard to both the onshore and offshore elements of the Rhiannon Wind Farm proposals.
The second stage of formal consultation will explain how the feedback we have received has been considered and will present a more detailed description of what is proposed to be submitted in the application for a Development Consent Order. We will publish a further Preliminary Environmental Information Document (PEI) and Community Consultation Document at the start of this second stage of consultation.
In the meantime, if you have any questions and would like to find out more about Rhiannon Wind Farm, please feel free to attend one of our monthly Rhiannon Wind Farm Community drop in days that will be taking place in Amlwch and Llangefni over the coming months.
Amlwch Town Council, Lon Goch, LL68 9EN
Llangefni Business Centre, LL77 7XA
And of course you can contact us any time using the contact details below. In addition, you can help to inform the work of the project team by leaving a comment using the form at the bottom of this page.
We welcome comments in English and Welsh.
To ask a question about the proposal or make a comment, please complete the online form below.
To ensure transparency in the consultation process, please note that your comments might be made available to the Planning Inspectorate and statutory authorities, such as your local council. However, we will ask for your personal details not to be placed on the public record. Instead, they will be held securely by us or by third parties instructed to do this on our behalf, in line with the Data Protection Act 1998. Your comments will only be used in connection with the Rhiannon Wind Farm consultation process and, except as noted above, won't be passed to any third parties.
To register your interest in receiving future updates and information about Rhiannon Wind Farm, please complete the online form below. Contact details shall be kept confidential and shall not be passed on to any other party.