Ecology, noise, vibration, emissions, archaeology, landscape and visual impact assessments for the Langeled gas-receiving facility, UK
The Langeled underwater pipeline, the longest in the world, transports gas produced from the Ormen Lange field in Norway to market delivery points in the UK and Continental Europe along with gas from other Norwegian sources to the UK market. A new receiving terminal, the Langeled gas receiving facility, at Easington, UK, was required to enable this gas to enter the UK market.
RSK was enlisted to undertake the environmental impact assessment and author the environmental impact statement. This involved completing ecology, noise, vibration, emissions, archaeology, landscape and visual impact studies.
Although the Easington receiving facility would not be anomalous in the already industrial area, an in-depth landscape and visual impact assessment was required. RSK undertook this assessment, which included developing the overall landscape strategy for the planning submission.
RSK also undertook a feasibility study for on- and off-site landscape mitigation and prepared the detailed landscape mitigation proposals. These aimed to
- Mitigate the visual effects of the development
- Integrate the development into the wider landscape
- Improve existing access to the countryside
- Increase the biodiversity of the site
- Provide green corridors from the site to the wider landscape, including direct linkages to a nearby Yorkshire Wildlife Trust site.
The archaeology dig, which was managed by RSK, unearthed late Iron Age and early Roman farming settlements on the development site. These discoveries revealed a unique insight into regional history and human behaviour during those eras. The project was handled with extreme sensitivity and transparency, and culminated in a public exhibition of the finds attended by the Norwegian ambassador.
The receiving terminal was constructed as planned and now plays an integral role in bringing gas to UK shores. RSK’s landscape mitigation measures have ensured that the development was successfully integrated into the local and wider landscape.