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Tilley highlighted in Co-operative’s marketing

The Renewable Energy & Asset Finance Department of The Co-operative Bank sent a photographer to Tiree recently for a photoshoot for some forthcoming marketing products promoting some highlights of the work The Co-operative does to protect the environment. They identified ‘Tilley’ as a project which they wish to include as an example of a successful community renewables story, and in particular, one that is ahead of the game in terms of community renewable projects. The photo on the left shows, from left to right, Sophie Isaacson, Pat Campbell, Mark Armstrong, Trudy MacKenzie, Andy & Anya Wright, Hannah & Blythe Wright, Ann Kirby, Jim Michie, and Iain MacDonald

Argyll Array Project Update #4

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General Update

We continue to work on placing a large number of contracts. We are about to kick off the process for appointing Lead Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) consultants and consultants to carry out a preliminary route evaluation for the export cable.

Last month we met with Marine Scotland and gave them a general update on the project. We agreed to meet with them again once our Lead EIA consultants are appointed, in order to discuss methodology for the range of studies on potential impacts of the project.

Interviews are currently being held for the SPR Community Liaison Officer, Tiree position. We hope to make an appointment this month. Our survey is now closed for Tiree, but is still open on Coll (as it was launched much later on Coll). We will close the Coll survey shortly and will then begin to look at results.

Careers

The Crown Estate has recently launched a brochure on careers in offshore wind. This will be an incredibly useful resource for anyone wanting to get into the industry. It outlines the various specialisms within the industry, has case studies on people who work in the sector already, and indicates the qualifications which are required for a career in offshore wind. We currently only have a limited number of hard copies, all of which we will bring to the island next week. However, the brochure can also be viewed online here:
http://www.thecrownestate.co.uk/career_in_offshore_wind_brochure.pdf

Argyll Array Project Update #3

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Please see below your regular update on the proposed Argyll Array offshore windfarm.

General Update

We continue to work on placing a large number of contracts. We recently appointed our legal advisors, and are close to awarding contracts for a call-off arrangement for bird/marine mammal survey vessels. The next contracts to be placed will be for lead environmental consultancy and technical advice. Our vessel-based bird and marine mammal surveys continue, and we have just completed an Autumn bird survey using radar.

SPR Community Liaison Officer, Tiree

The deadline for applications for this position has now passed.

We received a number of good quality applications, and are discussing these with internal colleagues. We will be in touch shortly to invite successful candidates to interview.

Survey

Since our public exhibition in September, we have been conducting a survey of island opinions on our project. A hard copy of this survey was available in issue 478 of An Tirisdeach, It can also be completed online at www.argyllarray.com If you have not already filled one in, we would encourage you to complete the survey. It is anonymous, and we will present the aggregated results in An Tirisdeach.

The postal address for surveys:
Morna Cannon, ScottishPower Renewables, 4th Floor, 1 Atlantic Quay, GLASGOW, G2 8JB.

Group formed To protest Tiree Array

No other proposed Array in Scotland, or Europe for that matter, will have such detrimental impacts on its proximate community

Taking into consideration all aspects of Scottish Power Renewables ( SPR Iberdrola S.A.) proposed wind farm, in-shore to Tiree, and following protracted discussion with many stakeholders ,we have concluded that Tiree’s interests may be well served by the formation of a “ NO TIREE ARRAY “ campaign group.

We feel that the decision to place such an Array on the Skerryvore reef, and in-shore to Tiree, is based on commercial gain, with scant regard to the environmental, and socio-economic impacts on Tiree. Such disregard sets a very dangerous precedent for all Scottish coastal Communities.

The ‘NO TIREE ARRAY‘ campaign group is not an anti-renewables or anti-green energy campaign. On the contrary we support these aims. Tiree is faced with a so-called offshore wind farm comprising between 180 and 500 turbines, up to 180m high, as close as 5km from the shore. The impact ratios of the proposed Array are extreme. No other proposed Array in Scotland, or Europe for that matter, will have such detrimental impacts on its proximate community.

artists rendering turbine view from Sandaig

Artist rendering of view from Sandaig

Despite many requests to do so, SPR has refused, so far, to present any montages of the visual impact Tiree can expect from this Array. In most people’s minds, off-shore means out of sight is out of mind. This certainly was UK government’s intention in the 1990’s, when it began to derive its off shore legislation. The DTI has stated out of sight to be more than 24km off shore. Scottish National Heritage has stated, that such is the nature of the Scottish Seascape, the Scottish equivalent should be beyond 35Km. Scottish Power Renewables (Iberdrola S.A.), and maritime renewable energy companies in general, have acknowledged that research and development is in process, to place wind farms in deep water, away from coastal communities and the coastal environment.

OUR OBJECTIVES AND STRATEGY

  • * To persuade Scottish Power Renewables( Iberdrola S. A.) to adopt ,in full , their own R&D goals, and delay the planning process in all regards to the Tiree Array to place it, and any other proposed Array development, with similar detrimental impacts , OFF- SHORE , i.e. 35Km from the proximate community.
  • * To require all associated construction, support, maintenance, operational infrastructure, and personnel associated with any wind farm array development in waters off Tiree, be placed 35km from Tiree’s shore. We require that these operations do not, at any stage, interface and or impact in any detrimental manner, with Tiree’s unique community, culture or natural environment.
  • * To lobby developers and strategists, of any proposed or existing strategic legislation, to derive any such legislation from the community level upwards.
  • * As we expand the ‘Objective Issues ‘we will openly communicate them to all of our supporters and interested parties. This will ensure we are mutually, and consistently, well informed to secure our primary objective i.e. STOPPING the destruction of Tiree’s community, culture and natural beauty.
  • * We will consider legal action, as, when, and if appropriate.

“We do not inherit the land from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children”
All are welcome and encouraged to support us

For further Information go to www.no-tiree-array.org.uk Alternatively Contact: Karl Hughes (220070), Robert Trythall (220646), Ranald Noel-Paton (220613), Phillippe Pierrisnard

* DTI “Guidance on the Assessment of the Impact of Offshore Windfarms”

The preceding was presented to An Tirisdeach, and does not necessarily represent the views of the publisher