7.6.9. Potential Cumulative Effects

  1. There is the potential for cumulative effects to occur as the result of the Array interacting with other plans or projects, including the Proposed offshore export cable corridor(s) and onshore applications, other ScotWind sites (e.g. Morven Offshore Wind Farm and Bellrock Offshore Wind Farm) and oil and gas activities in the vicinity. The CEA will follow the methodology set out in section 4.

7.6.10. Potential Transboundary Impacts

  1. Appendix 3 presents the transboundary impacts screening which has been carried out for the Array. This screening exercise identified that there is no potential for transboundary impacts upon infrastructure and other users as there are no potential infrastructure and other users receptors associated with EEA states within the vicinity of the Array. Therefore, it is proposed that this will not be considered further within the Array EIA Report.

7.6.11. Scoping Questions to Consultees

  • Do you agree that the existing data available to describe the infrastructure and other users baseline remains appropriate?
  • Do you agree that the designed in measures described are suitable for managing and mitigating the potential effects of the Array on the infrastructure and other users receptors?
  • Do you agree with the potential impacts to be scoped out of the Array assessment?
  • Do you agree with the potential impacts to be scoped in for the Array assessment?
  • Do you agree with the proposal to scope transboundary impacts out of the EIA?

7.6.12. Next Steps

  1. Prior to submission of the Array EIA Report, consultation with the relevant infrastructure and other users stakeholders will be undertaken to manage interactions and coordinate activities where appropriate. Early and ongoing engagement is anticipated throughout project development, including pre-application, post-consent and throughout construction to mitigate any potential impact to other renewables developers and oil and gas operators. Consultation with other ScotWind developers in the vicinity will be undertaken to facilitate regional collaboration. In addition, consultation with RYA Scotland will be undertaken to agree any additional modes of communication with recreational sailors. The over-arching next steps are outlined in section 4.3.4.