Prior to submission of an application for consents, a full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of all of the potential impacts that may arise during the construction, operation and decommissioning of the wind farm was undertaken.
The assessment looked at the impacts to the physical, biological and human environment, both on and offshore. Where potential impacts were identified and considered any measures that could be put in place to mitigate or reduce these impacts.
To determine the impacts, a full suite of environmental surveys was undertaken, establishing the baseline for the assessment. These surveys included bird, fish and ecology surveys, navigational and socio-economic surveys, and traffic impacts assessments.