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Scoping Report for a Container Hub on Hoy, Orkney

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Client: Orkney Islands Council
Date: 2007
Location: Scotland (UK)

It is believed that the growing global trade in container traffic provides an opportunity for a major transhipment hub to be located in Orkney. The strategic location of Orkney at the entry point to many European and Russian trade routes from North America and more southerly trade routes combined with the available development space and the good water depths combine to make Orkney a prime location for such a development.

Over the last few years Orkney Islands Council (OIC) has undertaken a number of investigations into the concept of an Orkney Container Hub. Lyness on Hoy has emerged as the favoured site for the development.

An initial evaluation of options for the development provided a project description. Based on this, Aquatera, in collaboration with Xodus Aurora, carried out a scoping study to produce a scoping consultation document and final scoping report.

The scoping consultation document was produced to firstly provide the OIC, regulators and advisors with an overview of the Orkney Container Hub project by providing the most recent information on the project in a concise and manageable format. Secondly, the document aimed to provide an initial appraisal of the scale and nature of potential effects of the project on the receiving environment, to provide advice on information gaps and the further studies that will be required to fill them, and to give recommendations for the scope of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) process that will need to be carried out to fully assess the proposal.

The scoping report included the following criteria:

  • Definition of the geographical area of interest
  • Scope of operations (defining start and end points for the assessment)
  • Description of activities
  • Key environmental sensitivities in the areaI
  • Identification of possible interactions and impact themes
  • Methodology and scope of the environmental impact assessment


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