VPI Immingham OCGT

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VPI Immingham OCGT

Received 20 June 2019
From Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP on behalf of Hornsea 1 Limited

Representation

This relevant representation is submitted on behalf of Hornsea 1 Limited (“Hornsea 1”). Hornsea 1 is the developer of the Hornsea One Offshore Windfarm and its associated onshore transmission infrastructure (“HOW01”). Hornsea 1 holds a generation licence under Section 6 of the Electricity Act 1989 and is a statutory undertaker. Following completion of construction Hornsea 1 will have to divest its 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. HOW01 is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project, authorised by the Hornsea One Offshore Wind Farm Order 2014 (as amended). Hornsea 1 is an undertaker authorised under that Order. A variety of other consents and commercial/property agreements and rights have also been obtained to deliver HOW01. Construction of the HOW01 onshore transmission infrastructure has been completed and there is now HOW01 infrastructure in situ within the order limits of the draft VPI Immingham OCGT Development Consent Order (the “VPI DCO”). In terms of the VPI DCO there will be a number of areas of interface between the VPI Immingham OCGT project and HOW01. Hornsea 1 has had constructive discussions with VPI Immingham B Limited (the “Applicant”) in advance of the VPI DCO application being made. Hornsea 1 is 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for appropriate restrictions and protections that are necessary to protect HOW01 and would allow this objection to be withdrawn. Hornsea 1 may wish to participate in the Examination of the DCO application. Hornsea 1 also reserves the right to make further representations on the potential adverse effects of the VPI DCO project on HOW01 and the need for restrictions and protections (including but not limited to seeking protective provisions).