VPI Immingham OCGT

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VPI Immingham OCGT

Received 20 June 2019
From Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP on behalf of Optimus Wind, Breesea, Sonningmay Wind, and Soundmark Wind

Representation

This relevant representation is submitted on behalf of Optimus Wind Limited, Breesea Limited, Sonningmay Wind Limited and Soundmark Wind Limited (together the “Hornsea 2 Companies”). The Hornsea 2 Companies are the developer of the Hornsea Two Offshore Windfarm and its associated onshore transmission infrastructure (“HOW02”). The Hornsea 2 Companies hold generation licences under Section 6 of the Electricity Act 1989 and are statutory undertakers. Following completion of construction the Hornsea 2 Companies will have to divest their interest in the transmission infrastructure to an Offshore Transmission Owner (“OFTO”) who will be appointed through the statutory process contained within the Electricity (Competitive Tender for Offshore Transmission Licences) Regulations 2015. The chosen OFTO will hold a transmission licence under Section 6 of the Electricity Act 1989 and will also be a statutory undertaker. HOW02 is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project, authorised by the Hornsea Two Offshore Wind Farm Order 2016 (as amended). The Hornsea 2 Companies are undertakers authorised for the purposes of that Order. A variety of other consents and commercial/property agreements and rights have also been obtained to deliver HOW02. Construction of the HOW02 onshore transmission infrastructure has commenced and works are in progress. In terms of the draft VPI Immingham OCGT Development Consent Order (the “VPI DCO”) there will be a number of areas of interface between the VPI DCO project and HOW02. The Hornsea 2 Companies have had constructive discussions with VPI Immingham B Limited (the “Applicant”) in advance of the VPI DCO application being made. The Hornsea 2 Companies are happy to continue discussions with the Applicant to seek to agree the form and content for appropriate restrictions and protections that are necessary to protect HOW02 and would allow this objection to be withdrawn. The Hornsea 2 Companies may wish to participate in the Examination of the DCO application. The Hornsea 2 Companies also reserve the right to make further representations on the potential adverse effects of the VPI DCO project on HOW02 and the need for restrictions and protections (including but not limited to seeking protective provisions).