Cabling concerns force E.on offshore study

UK: Concern over the effect of cables connecting an offshore wind farm in eastern England has led to E.on Climate and Renewables commissioning an extensive wildlife study.

A 30km cable route from Easington to Hull is needed to connect the 230MW Humber Gateway wind farm, 8km off the North Sea coast, to the National Grid.

The route crosses wildlife habitats used by otters, water voles, newts, badgers and marsh harriers.

Thomson Ecology will carry out the study for E.on, develop and submit protected species licences and put forward ecological construction method statements aimed at routing the cable to avoid sensitive habitats.

The 77-turbine Humber Gateway project is E.on’s fifth offshore wind farm and is due to begin generating electricity in 2014.