20th April 2016

Additional Information issued in support of Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Project Applications

Aberdeen Harbour has issued additional information which it has submitted in support of its original planning applications.

In November 2015, Aberdeen Harbour Board (AHB) submitted applications for a Harbour Revision Order (HRO), Marine Licences and Planning Permission in Principle for the Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Project (AHEP) in Nigg Bay. A copy of the application documents and the Environmental Statement (ES) for the project are available on the Nigg Bay Documents Page.

A public consultation on the applications ran between 6 November and 18 December 2015. Over a negotiation period of three months (January – March 2016), AHB has held meetings, telephone discussions and exchanged written correspondence with all the organisations and individuals who responded to the consultation on the applications. In response to specific concerns raised by consultees relating to the HRO and Marine Licence applications, AHB produced four technical Clarification Notes to provide further information on the following topics:

Underwater Noise
Blasting Methodology and Mitigation
Effects on Eider Duck
Effects on Terns

In addition, two sediment sampling surveys have been carried out since the ES was produced to provide further information on the sediment quality within the area to be dredged for the AHEP.

Under The Marine Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2007 (as amended), there is a requirement for AHB to advertise the additional information that has been produced in support of the original applications. This information can now also be found on our Nigg Bay Documents Page, entitled:

  • Additional Environmental Information Report 

Any person wishing to make representations on the further information to the Scottish Ministers should write within forty-two days from 22nd April 2016 to:

Harbour Revision Order: 

Val Ferguson, Ports and Harbours Branch, Transport Scotland, Area 2G North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ or email: harbourorders@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Marine Licences:

Licensing Operations Team, Major Projects, The Scottish Government, Marine Scotland, Marine Laboratory, 375 Victoria Road, Aberdeen, AB11 9DB or email: ms.majorprojects@gov.scot

There is no need to repeat or resubmit any objections in respect of the HRO or Marine Licence applications which have already been made and have not been resolved or withdrawn, as these will be treated as remaining to be addressed.