Peterhead Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power station development: EIR release

Information request and response under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004

Information requested

‘Any correspondence which includes or is directly to or from the Scottish Government’s Minister for Energy and the Environment, Gillian Martin, both in her role as minister and before she became minister, which mentions the Peterhead CCGT power station development by SSE, from 01 January 2022 up to present?’


As the information you have requested is ‘environmental information’ for the purposes of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those Regulations. We are applying the exception at section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA.

This exception is subject to the ‘public interest test’. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exception. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exception, because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under two different regimes. This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.

I have attached a copy of the information you requested below in Annex B.

On reviewing material within scope of your request, exceptions have been applied in line with EIRs. The exceptions and relevant public interest tests can be found in Annex A.

About FOI

The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at

EIR 202300378265 - Information Released - Annex A
EIR 202300378265 - Information Released - Annex B


Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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