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About the developer
Statkraft is at the heart of the UK's energy transition. Since 2006, Statkraft has gone from strength to strength in the UK, building experience across wind, solar, hydro, storage, grid stability and EV charging.
Statkraft is a global company in energy market operations, with approximately 5,700 employees in 21 countries.
Across our UK business we employ over 300 staff in England, Scotland and Wales and play a key role in helping the global business reach its goal of 9 GW of development wind and solar power by 2025.
About the project
Batteries capture and store energy for future use. They increase the amount of renewable energy consumers can use by storing and releasing it when demand is high. This project will provide battery storage services at the existing Keith Greener Grid Park which is already helping towards us move towards the UK zero carbon emissions targets by increasing the stability of the electricity grid with Synchronous Compensator technology.
Keith Greener Grid park is located close to Keith substation. The closer these projects are located to a substation, the more efficient they are.
We anticipate the construction phase will last between 12 to 18 months.
This project does not rely on any particular nearby electricity-generating projects (solar, wind etc) to operate.
It is not possible in advance to say where the electricity that will enter and exit the Keith Greener Grid Park was generated
We operate two battery projects in Ireland as well as operating several projects in the Netherlands and Germany.
The building colour will be selected for its ability to blend in with the existing substation building which we would expect to be moss green but will seek further input from the Council on this topic.
We have consulted with Moray Council throughout the pre-application stage and are producing a Landscape Planting Plan to demonstrate the new boundary planting to accompany the Development.
As a global energy company, strategically focused on scaling renewable energy solutions, we believe that we can be instrumental in driving progress toward achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Though we have numerous initiatives that can be linked to different SDGs, our positive impacts are naturally concentrated around the goals for Climate Action (SDG 13).
We contribute directly to climate change mitigation by displacing fossil fuels whilst meeting growing energy demand.
The planning application will be accompanied by a drainage impact assessment including the provision of sustainable drainage measures. The site is not one designated as likely of risk from any type of flooding.
A tree survey is currently being undertaken to assess the impact of the trees on the access track and the report will be submitted with the planning application. Access will be designed to minimise the impact on these trees. Any trees which are required to be removed will be compensated by additional planting onsite.
Safety and traffic
The planning application will include detailed assessments of access routes, construction traffic and delivery scheduling of abnormal loads and heavy goods vehicles. These measures will be taken to minimise the impacts on local residents. Statkraft will seek further input from the Council on any restrictions, furthermore the access routes will aim to avoid schools and villages. The Details of construction access will be secured in an enforceable Construction and Environmental Management Plan.
Once the facility has been constructed, there will be minimal vehicle trips to the site during the operation of the development. There will be occasional visits for maintenance and inspection of the facility but the site will generally be unattended, so there will not be noticeable impact on traffic flows in the area.
Details of the route to site, vehicle movements and mitigation measures will be provided in the traffic management plan prior to construction. Main roads will be used as much as possible.
Service personnel will drive to site in small vehicles so there will be discernible impact to existing traffic levels. We do not envisage any HGV’s visiting the site in the first few years of operation, and they will only be required for any major refurbishments if needed.
Once operational, the site is expected to only be attended by a service technician for essential maintenance.
The site will be fenced off using high security fencing.
No, the lights will be installed with motion sensors and will not be in constant illumination to prevent light pollution. Once operational, the site is expected to be attended by a service technician only for essential maintenance.
Safety is our priority, which is why all of our sites are fitted with controls which monitor the site 24/7 and can remotely shut down the system.
There will be stringent emergency measures in place, which are outlined in the emergency plan produced before construction starts. In addition, we will have Senior Authorised Persons (SAP) with sufficient competence who will be responsible for the site.
We will also engage a local security company to respond to security alarms within a set time frame.
Some examples of measures we would take include:
- To separate transformers from adjacent structures and from each other.
- Resistance barriers (fire wall), spatial separation, and provided with an enclosure.
- Spatial separation between the transformer and the synchronous compensator building or the facing elevation wall of the building.
- Automatic fire, gas and smoke detection (beam based) within the buildings.
- Automatic fire suppression (e.g. water and/or gas-based sprinklers) within the buildings.
- Use of fire-resistant non-combustible materials/enclosures around the components.
- 24/7 remote control of the temperature of the components.
- Regular maintenance and testing of BESS
A detailed design risk assessment with specific and detailed risk mitigation will be carried out at the design stage. Fire safety measures will be detailed within the planning statement and will be detailed further within the fire safety strategy report with the input from all suppliers and the Statkaft operations team.
Statkraft will implement procedures and plans for emergency situations and will run regular emergency preparedness exercises in order to ensure that all personnel in the organisation, including third parties, are aware of how to act and react if any unplanned situations should occur.
Cooperation will be established with local emergency services to ensure there is an understanding of the technology and fire safety plan put in place.
This project, if consented, will see a significant investment in the local area, with opportunities for local suppliers and businesses throughout the construction phase. For the existing Keith Greener Grid Park, we have spent over £1.6 million in the local economy and plan to continue using local resources where possible.
At the public exhibition, there will also be an opportunity to discuss the new community benefit fund of £20,000 per year from the operating Keith Greener Grid Park.
The community benefit fund of £20,000 per year would run for as long as the Greener Grid Park was in operation. These are usually administered by an independent third party, and would cover an area of benefit agreed with local people.
Yes. We have a local suppliers registration link on the website so please complete that if you are a local business and interested in the project, or would like to recommend one.
We will work with groups such as the Chamber of Commerce to maximise opportunities for local suppliers.