The project in Carmarthenshire, UK, will see the installation of 28.6 km of 132-kV electric line (approximately 25.3 km above ground and 3.3 km below ground) to connect the consented Brechfa Forest West wind farm to an existing overhead line near Llandyfaelog.
RSK was appointed to Western Power Distribution’s environmental consultancy framework in 2012 tasked with providing environmental consultancy support services, and immediately started working on the Brechfa Forest connection project. Because of its scale and importance, the project was classified as a nationally significant infrastructure project under the Planning Act 2008, so an application for a development consent order had to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate. An environmental impact assessment was also undertaken.
RSK’s landscape, ecology, archaeology and heritage, geology, hydrogeology, hydrology, noise and vibration, air quality and geographical information systems teams were all involved throughout the scheme’s planning stages.
Following the confirmation of development consent, RSK is now assisting Western Power Distribution with the post-consent and preconstruction work. Construction work on the connection is expected to take nine months and should be complete in time to deliver the power generated by the Brechfa West wind farm. This is due to start construction soon and will take 20 months to build.
RSK project manager and principal environmental consultant Victoria Robinson comments, “Leading all the environmental work, including the routing and environmental impact assessment, and drawing on numerous disciplines within RSK was a challenging but rewarding project. Because electrical transmission is a growth sector, the approval of the Brechfa Forest connection project, as a significant consent, is a great boost for RSK.”
For more information, please contact Victoria Robinson.