The background to this exercise, and NTA ‘s non- participation, is documented on its dedicated page on this website .
However the chairman of NTA, on a personal basis followed the process. He attended, and contributed , on a personal basis to each of the public consultation days , of which the attendance, at the last one ,was abysmal.
He has made the following personal submission ,to the Steering Group of the Onshore Scenario Mapping consultation.
Whilst the consultants have to be commended in the detail of their report , the report does not address, (it was not required to do so), the over-arching socio- economic issues arising from the demographic transfer, as a consequence of 2 of the 4 operation and maintenance scenarios being adopted. The other 2 scenarios would have negligible impact if adopted.
The 2 scenarios , of major impact, have the potential to transform Tiree into a ” company ” island.
Imbalances in the labour market are highlighted, but the attendant issues are not addressed . Housing requirements are addressed, but not how they are to be delivered.
The estimated manpower requirements have been made by SPR, without apparent interrogation. No reduction is factored in for the difference in manpower requirement for a 180 turbine Array as opposed to a 300 turbine Array. O&M labour ,other than a nominal base staff ,is in direct proportion to the number of Turbines . This is not reflected in this draft report.
At the outset to this exercise,Dec 2010, SPR made the statement that this “exercise be de-coupled from the Licence and Consenting process” . SPR’s statement is not addressed .
This begs a very obvious question , namely what is the ” effect ” of the exercise ?
With the above background , and the research for this draft report referencing the Ph2ARC report which NTA is currently reviewing, NTA feels this personal submission should be brought to NTA members attention.
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