Project Assessment and Planning

We can provide:

  • Development planning and design
  • Regulator liaison
  • Option evaluation and scoping
  • Public /community engagement
  • Technical assessments
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Mitigation, management and monitoring plans
  • Planning application and negotiation


  • Tresdale Wind Farm (Canisbay, Caithness) – Scoping, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) co-ordination, EIA chapters, ecological surveys, stakeholder and community engagement for a three turbine 6.9 MW development
  • Hesta Head and Costa Head Wind Farms (Orkney) – public and local community engagement activities to inform EIA, including community events, informal visits to local communities and landowners, involvement in community ownership, community benefit and community investment meetings, Hoolan Energy
  • SHE-T Caithness, Moray, Shetland (CMS) HVDC Transmission - Work included options identification and appraisals for landfalls, onshore cables and a switching station, Environmental Assessment for Shetland HVDC landfall and marine cables
  • SSE Hub and Caithness Connections - EIA for an AC/DC converter station,  connecting 250 kV overhead lines and exporting HVDC buried cable, HRA, stakeholder consultation, planning permission and licensing negotiations in collaboration with Natural Capital, SSE
  • Promoting marine and run of river energy to increase energy diversity in Peru, Foreign and Commonwealth Office – This study focused on opportunities for aquatic based developments in Peru.  Initial assessment of resources showed that there was limited marine resource potential other than offshore wind, so studies focused onshore and the numerous rivers.  Aquatera’s in house RADMAPP tool analysed the relationship between off-grid communities and locations of rivers and lakes with the potential for generating electricity from run of river, or floating solar.  The work highlighted where there was potential to provide off-grid communities with a renewable form of energy at a rate equal if not better than current diesel prices
  • Orkney converter station – This work made use of Aquatera’s RADMAPP tool to assess the islands of Orkney for their suitability to site a large converter station and potential cable routes across the county.  The work involved mapping the suitability for the elements from a technical, planning and cost point of view.  The final solution found the best site to be on the west coast of the Orkney mainland.  Even though this site was one of the closest locations to the World Heritage Sites of Orkney, the analysis provided by RADMAPP, particularly the visibility assessment meant that the converter station could be located in a coastal location, reducing cabling costs and be also hidden from all onshore views by making use of the natural topography

Key Clients