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S5W-18217: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 15 August 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide details of all meetings that (a) ministers and (b) its officials have had with (i) EDF, (ii) The Wood Group, (iii) Lewis Wind Power and (iv) The Stornoway Trust regarding proposals for wind turbines on Lewis; who attended each meeting, and (A) where and (B) when each meeting took place.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 3 October 2018

The following table includes all details of meetings between Ministers and officials that have been held with the named parties in respect of wind turbines on Lewis.

 

Date

Location and relevance

Attendees

3 February 2009

Scottish Government, St Andrews House, Edinburgh

 

To discuss key changes in AMEC (predecessor of Wood Group) since 2006, the company’s strategic objectives and AMEC in Scotland – key issues and opportunities

 

Alex Salmond MSP, First Minister of Scotland

 

Scottish Government Officials

 

Samir Brikho, Chief Executive,Gerry McGill, Power & Process Division

Duncan Guy, Head of Government Relations (AMEC)

23 August 2011

Location not recorded.

 

Meeting to discuss prelimiary peat landslide hazard assessments and consultation responses in respect of Stornoway Wind Farm

 

Representatives from Halcrow, Lewis Wind Power, and officials from Scottish Government Energy Consent Unit

26 June 2014

Scottish Government, Atlantic Quay

 

A discussion to review the extent to which the policy, regulatory and market framework supports the necessary grid connections/upgrades for each island group.

Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy Enterprise and Tourism

 

Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

 

Scottish Government Officials

 

Representatives from key

islands generation stakeholders including UK and Scottish ministers, council leaders, developers, SHE Transmission, National Grid, Ofgem, HIE, Stornoway Trust.

2 September 2014

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway

 

Meeting to discuss approach and scope of assessment required for variation of Stornoway Wind Farm consent.

Representatives from Lewis Wind Power

 

Representatives from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, SEPA, SNH, Outer Hebrides Fisheries Trust, Angling Association and RSPB

 

ECU Officials

17 December 2014

Scottish Parliament

 

A meeting to discuss progress on the Stornoway Wind Farm and Muatheabhal Wind Farm developments.

 

Pauls Wheelhouse MSP

 

Christian Egal, Matthieu Hue, David Cameron (EDF ER)

9 December 2015

Location not recorded

 

Discussion on wind farm development in the Western Isles and the proposed interconnector from the Western Isles to the mainland.Discussion regarding EDF purchase.

 

Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Business, Energy & Tourism

 

Nick Oppenheim, Director of Uisenis Power Limited

 

22 March 2017

Scottish Parliament

 

Mr De Rivaz requested a meeting with Mr Wheelhouse to discuss a route to market for EDF's two wind farm developments on Lewis.

Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation & Energy

Vincent de Rivaz, CEO, EDF Energy

 

Energy policy officials

10 April 2017

Scottish Island Renewables Delivery Forum, Caberfeidh Hotel, Stornoway. Stornoway Wind Farm amongst projects discussed.

 

Time in Stornoway also included a short visit by Mr Wheelhouse to Stornoway Wind Farm site faciltated by representative from EDF.

Lord Dunlop,

Paul Wheelhouse MSP

Rt Hon Greg Clarke MP

 

Representatives from SSEN, OFGEM, Highland and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Renewables, Shetland Islands Council, SSE Renewables, Orkney Islands Council, Orkney Wind and EMEC, DP Energy, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, EDF and The Stornoway Trust

 

30 August 2017

Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

 

Meeting to discuss the UK Government's approach on providing at route to market for remote Island wind.

Paul Wheelhouse MSP

Richard Harrington, Minister for Energy and Industry

Angus McNeil MP

Alister Carmichael MP

 

Representatives of island wind developers including EDF.

 

Representatives from Scottish Renewables, Community energy Scotland, and local council leaders from Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles.

 

13 September 2017

Atlantic Quay

 

One of the regular project portfolio meetings held between ECU and EDF. Western Isles Developments discussed amongst all other projects.

EDF – Tony Scorer, David Cameron, Susie Lind

 

ECU officials

7 November 2017

Scottish Parliament

 

Meeting with EDF ER

 

EDF requested a meeting to update Mr Wheelhouse on the company's business in Scotland including on wind projects on Lewis.

 

Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation & Energy

Matthieu Hue, CEO, EDF Energy Renewables

Paul Winkle, Scottish Business Director, EDF Energy

David Cameron, Head of Scottish Policy, EDF Energy

 

Energy policy officials

27 February 2018

Atlantic Quay

 

Discussions around proposals for wind turbines on Lewis, introducing intention to submit new application in respect of Stornoway.

Representatives of Wood Group and LUC, and Energy Consents Officials

30 April 2018

Council Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway

 

Pre Scoping Meeting to inform environmental assessments for forthcoming new application for Stornoway Wind Farm.

Representatives from EDF, SNH, Wood Group, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, LUC, Energy Consents Unit, HES, SEPA.

14 May 2018

Atlantic Quay

 

Discussion regarding the Western Isles interconnector needs case, topics included new consent application for Stornoway.

David Cameron Head of Scottish Policy, EDF and representatives of EDF

 

Scottish Government Policy Officials

23 May 2018

Atlantic Quay

 

Discussion regarding Stornoway Wind Farm and EIA requirements for a forthcoming application.

EDF representatives and Energy Consents Unit officials

25 June 2018

Atlantic Quay

 

Discussion regarding a range of Energy Consents issues, including the existing consent for Stornoway Wind Farm.

David Cameron, Head of Scottish Policy EDF

 

Scottish Government Energy Industries Official

23 August 2018

Atlantic Quay

 

One of the regular project portfolio meetings held between ECU and EDF. Western Isles Developments discussed amongst all other projects.

David Cameron, Head of Scottish Policy – EDF

 

Representatives of EDF ER

 

Energy Consents Officials

 

John Buswell, Phill Minas and Darren Cumming (LWP)

Representatives from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, SEPA, SNH, Outer Hebrides Fisheries Trust, Angling Association and RSPB

ECU Officials