VPI Immingham OCGT

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VPI Immingham OCGT

Received 25 June 2019
From Able UK Limited

Representation

Able UK Limited (as UK Asset Manager) is acting on behalf of Able Humber Ports Limited and the DCO (2014 No 2935) for the proposed Able Marine Energy Park (AMEP). ABLE not wish to object to the VPI project in principle and consider that it should have little impact on the AMEP project. However, given the overlap of order limits and the general proximity of the scheme to AMEP, we do seek to ensure that adequate protective provisions are included in the VPI Immingham Order and have decided to submit a relevant rep to seek to ensure that Able can participate in the examination process further if necessary. 1. Overlap of the order limits – The order limits of the draft Development Consent Order (dDCO) for the proposed VPI Immingham OCGT project overlap with those of the AMEP DCO in three places. All three areas of overlap appear to be over Rosper Road and land either side of the highway . Our understanding is that VPI want this land included in their order limits so they can undertake three specific works: a. works to the extent of the existing bellmouth entrance to the existing VPI CHP Plant where parts of the proposed project will be located; b. works to the extent of the existing bellmouth entrance to the Total Lindsey Oil Refinery from Rosper Road which VPI propose will be the main entrance to the proposed project; and c. works to connect the proposed development to the existing water main within Rosper Road. Given the overlap, there is therefore the potential for the two orders and the relevant powers to conflict and Able is concerned that this overlap will affect the Able’s ability to deliver the Able Marine Energy Park scheme (the AMEP). 2. Protective Provisions for Able Humber Ports Limited – Schedule 9 of the dDCO for the VPI Immingham OCGT Project contains draft protective provisions for the protection of Able Humber Ports Limited. Our concern is that as currently drafted these do not provide adequate protection for Able and will need to be amended to ensure Able can deliver the AMEP scheme. 3. Modifications to the AMEP Order – Schedule 13 of the dDCO for the VPI Immingham OCGT project contains modifications to the Able Marine Energy Park Development Consent Order 2014. The purpose of these modifications is to include protective provisions for VPI Immingham B Limited in the AMEP Order. To do this, the modifications restrict Able’s ability to exercise its powers contained in the AMEP Order. As above, our concern is that these modifications will affect the ability for Able to deliver the AMEP scheme. 4. Construction impacts – The Environmental Statement submitted with the application for the VPI Immingham OCGT Project states that the site preparation and construction programme is anticipated to take 21 months. Following our discussions with the applicant, we understand that the majority of the anticipated construction impacts will not affect Able. However, there is the potential for increased traffic in the area to have an effect. Chapter 7 (Traffic and Transportation) of the Environmental Statement assumes that all materials will be delivered and removed by road and estimates that at peak periods, there will be 26 HGV and 85 cars/LGVs arrivals and departures on site each day. If this could impact on Able’s ability to access its site and effectively deliver the AMEP scheme, we suggest the relevant rep should include reference to this. Given current discussions with VPI and Pinsent Masons on these issues Able will continue to engage with the Promoter to understand the impact the above will have on Able and the AMEP scheme and agree suitable protective provisions to ensure the deliverability of the AMEP scheme is not affected.