The Forth and Tay Regional Advisory Group (FTRAG) has been set up to meet the requirments of the Section 36 and associated Marine Licence conditions for the Forth and Tay developments.
Consents were granted by the Scottish Ministers under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 to construct and operate the Seagreen Alpha and Seagreen Bravo Offshore Wind Farm Electricity Generating Stations with a combined maximum generating capacity of 1,050 MW, for the Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Farm Electricity Generating Station with a maximum generating capacity of 450 MW and the Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm Electricity Generating Station with a maximum generating capacity of 784 MW.
The FTRAG has not met since 2015 due the judicial review proceedings which commenced in January 2015 and concluded in October 2017 (following an unsuccessful appeal to the Supreme Court by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)). The three developments listed above were not progressed during this time period and the developers are now proceeding with new applications and applications for variations, in order to take advantage of recent technological developments and advances and to ensure that the developments are commercially competitive. These applications are anticipated to be submitted during Spring and Summer 2018, prior to the second round of competition for the Contracts for Difference auction.
The FTRAG has a particular focus on the monitoring ac×tivities for all of the Forth and Tay developments. Under the conditions of the s36 consents and marine licences several projects within the Forth and Tay must include an EMP and PEMP with an Advisory Group to provide advice to the Scottish Ministers for research, monitoring and mitigation programmes of the EMP and PEMP at a strategic level.
Post-consent monitoring requirements are incorporated into licence conditions in order to:
- validate, or reduce uncertainty in predictions on environmental impacts recorded in supporting Environment Impact Assessments (EIA) and Habitats Regulation Assessments (HRA)
- provide evidence on the effectiveness of mitigation measures
- allow identification of any unforeseen consequences
For more information about the FTRAG please download the Forth and Tay Regional Advisory Group Terms of Reference.
Please note that the Terms of Reference and Contact List for the FTRAG are out of date and will be revised when the group next meets.
The minutes and relevant papers from the FTRAG meetings can be dowloaded below.
Information for the FTRAG sub-groups can be found below.