Environment and technical assessments

The long-term environmental benefits of low carbon energy generation are clear, so we need to ensure any short-term impacts associated with our project are identified, avoided, managed and minimised.

We’ll identify these impacts by carrying out detailed environmental and technical assessments at every stage of our planning, design and construction. We’ll look at all aspects of the environment identified in the Scoping Report, including visual impacts, ecology, traffic, noise and effects on people and the marine environment.

From the very beginning of our project planning, we’ve been working with Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to assess and understand the unique make-up of the areas we’ll be working in.

This work will continue as the project develops and we’ll be engaging a large number of environmental stakeholders so our project can benefit from their insight and expertise too.

We’ve recently published our Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Scoping Report. The report identifies potential impacts based on our preliminary assessments of the environmental conditions that we’re likely to encounter within the Mona Offshore Wind Project study area.

EIA Scoping Report

This document is submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for consideration. It sets out the information that we intend to consider and assess as part of our Environmental Impact Assessment. It ensures the Planning Inspectorate and other important stakeholders understand and agree with the areas we’ll be assessing.

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Following receipt of the Scoping Opinion, we will produce a Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR). This document will form part of a later consultation and we'll be welcoming feedback on the report from the community.

The PEIR will provide initial insight to our assessment for the project, including descriptions of the likely environmental effects and how we could monitor and mitigate these impacts. The feedback we receive on our PEIR will enable us to refine our plans before we submit our request for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to the Planning Inspectorate.

For more information on the DCO planning process please visit www.gov.uk/guidance/guidance-on-procedural-requirements-for-major-infrastructure-projects

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