GoBe provide a full range of consultancy and assessment support services to the offshore and marine renewable energy sector, including:
- Planning Advice
- Marine Consents
- Risk Strategy
- Project Management
GoBe have a long history of involvement with UK
offshore wind farms with key staff having been closely involved with the
development of, amongst others, the following projects
- East Anglia ONE
- Triton Knoll OWF
- Atlantic Array OWF
- Galloper OWF
- Gwynt y Môr OWF
- Sheringham Shoal OWF
- Aberdeen Bay OWF
- Kentish Flats (and Kentish Flats extension) OWF
- Dogger Bank Round 3 Zone
- Firth of Forth Round 3 Zone
- Hornsea Round 3 Zone
- Lynn OWF
- Scarweather Sands OWF
- Dudgeon OWF
- Gunfleet Sands OWF
Our project work includes the project management of large offshore wind developments including Round 1, 2 and 3 offshore wind farms as well as recent extension projects. Our input to these projects has also entailed the scoping of a variety of technical studies, project managing sub-contractors, liaison and negotiations with a variety of consultees; and drafting, implementing quality control and reviewing environmental statements and accompanying technical documents.
We are currently project managing and providing technical support during the Examination Phase for the first UK offshore wind farm applications under the Planning Act – currently a unique position within the marine consultancy sector.
Wave and Tidal
Our staff have also undertaken a range of work for the wave and tidal sector including:
- Authorship and management of Phase II of the ‘Path to Power’ project funded by
npower juice fund for wave and tidal energy developments in UK waters on behalf
of BWEA (now Renewable UK) – A project focused on providing significant targeted information on wave and tidal stream energy development around the UK to help inform decision making amongst marine stakeholders, investors, Government departments and the industry itself.
- Project direction, technical input and review for a major project for the Welsh
Government, providing a strategic approach to delivering sustainable
marine renewable energy projects for Welsh Territorial Waters (MRESF).
- Project management of and reporting on a review of the potential environmental impacts from energy extraction by wave and tidal energy devices on behalf of CCW and The Crown Estate.
We continue our developing involvement in this growing sector through links with RegenSW and the exciting designation of the South West region as the first Marine Energy Park (MEP).
Current projects Include:
RWE npower Renewables
Gwynt y Môr
GoBe Consultants Ltd is continuing its long running role on the
Gwynt y Môr project by providing advice and support on consent compliance in
the run up to the construction of the 576MW project. Originally involved
since late 2004 in the preparation of the environmental statement and provision
of planning and consents advice in the successful application for consent
for the wind farm itself, GoBe staff are now also leading the planning for
associated infrastructure to ensure delivery of the project including the
preparation of an application for consent for an operations and maintenance
facility at the Port of Mostyn in the Dee Estuary.
GoBe Consultants Ltd worked as part of the RWE npower
renewables team in developing the 1200MW Triton Knoll project. GoBe are
providing strategic planning and consenting advice to the project with a particular
focus on the implications of the Planning Act and applications to the
Planning Inspectorate (PINS). GoBe have been asked to project manage and ensure delivery of several specific workstreams including commercial fisheries, physical
processes, archaeology and benthic and fish ecology, working with RWE npower
renewables and their chosen contractors, as well as providing general advice on
other key issues as diverse as shipping and navigation and aviation. GoBe
is working alongside the Triton Knoll team in negotiating with key stakeholders
to resolve key issues prior to application to PINS and in helping RWE npower
renewables to plan a compliant and low-risk consent application.
Galloper Wind Farm
GoBe Consultants Ltd is working for the Galloper Wind Farm Limited team (a joint venture between RWE npower renewables and SSE) that are developing the flagship 500MW Galloper Wind Farm project off the coast of Suffolk (the first major offshore wind farm to seek consent through the new Planning Act process).
During the pre-application phase, GoBe undertook a technical and strategic review of the Section 42 information (the preliminary environmental information) and final consent application material, in particular the environmental statement (ES). The ES was reviewed to ensure compliance with relevant guidance and the National Policy Statements and to ensure the Rochdale Envelope had been appropriately applied and aligned with the draft Development Consent Order, as well as a review of the technical content and appropriate application of the EIA process.
GoBe were retained for the Examination Phase of the project to act as offshore consent managers as a direct part of the development team, as well as providing expert technical support. Principal roles undertaken on offshore matters included:
- Consent risk management;
- technical management of subcontractors;
- coordination of and input into written responses and the
Development Consent Order (DCO);
- technical advice on issues arising throughout the
- preparation of, and management of statement of common ground
process with offshore stakeholders;
- stakeholder negotiations on issues arising throughout the
examination responses; and
- preparation for and attendance at the preliminary meeting
and issue specific and open floor hearings.
DONG Energy UK
For the second year in a row, GoBe Consultants Ltd has been helping
DONG Energy UK Ltd to ensure compliance with the FEPA licence issued for the
164MW Gunfleet Sands 1 & 2 offshore wind farm by drafting the FEPA
monitoring summary report. Providing a summary and cross-correlation of
the first year of post construction monitoring, the report will be submitted to
the licensing authority, the MMO, and their statutory advisers and forms a key
part of the ongoing compliance process for the project.
The Crown Estate
GoBe Consultants Ltd has been retained by The Crown Estate to provide advice on the strategic workstreams being developed to facilitate the delivery of Round 3 offshore wind. To date GoBe have provided advice on scopes of work relating to
issues as diverse as impacts on fish spawning, cumulative impact assessment,
marine mammal monitoring, cable protection and structure scour assessments