NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE OF AN APPLICATION FOR A DEVELOPMENT CONSENT ORDER BY THE PLANNING INSPECTORATE (ON BEHALF OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR TRANSPORT) UNDER SECTION 56 OF THE PLANNING ACT 2008
ASSOCIATED BRITISH PORTS (IMMINGHAM GREEN ENERGY TERMINAL) DEVELOPMENT CONSENT ORDER
REGULATION 9 OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING (APPLICATIONS: PRESCRIBED FORMS AND PROCEDURE) REGULATIONS 2009 (the “2009 Regulations”)
REGULATION 16 OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING (ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT) REGULATIONS 2017
Notice is hereby given that the Secretary of State for Transport (“the Secretary of State”) has accepted an application by ASSOCIATED BRITISH PORTS (“ABP”) (Company number ZC000195) of 25 BEDFORD STREET, LONDON, WC2E 9ES, (“the Applicant”) for a Development Consent Order under the Planning Act 2008 (“the Application”).
The Application (Reference No. TR030008) was received by the Secretary of State c/o the Planning Inspectorate on 21 September 2023 and has now been accepted for examination.
Summary of the Project
The Applicant, ABP, is seeking development consent for the construction, operation and maintenance of a multi-user liquid bulk terminal which would be located on the eastern side of the Port of Immingham (“the Port”), as well as associated development (collectively termed “the Project”). The associated development would comprise the construction and operation of a green hydrogen facility and landside works for the production of green hydrogen from imported green ammonia on site. The proposed Project consists of:
a) The Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (“NSIP”), which comprises:
a. On the marine side, a terminal for liquid bulks, comprising:
i. A jetty including a loading platform, associated dolphins, fenders and walkways, topside infrastructure but not limited to control rooms, marine loading arms, pipe-racks, pipelines and other infrastructure.
ii. A single berth, with a berthing pocket with a depth of up to 14.5m below chart datum; and
b. Related landside infrastructure including a jetty access ramp, a flood defence access ramp and works to raise the seawall locally under the jetty access ramp
b) The associated development on the landside, which comprises:
a. A corridor between the new jetty and
Laporte Road which would support a private road (the ‘jetty access road’), pipe-racks, pipelines to enable the ammonia import to the East Site, as well as security gates, a security building, a power distribution building and associated utilities;
b. ‘East Site – Ammonia Storage’ on which an ammonia storage tank and related plant including an ammonia tank flare stack would be constructed as well as additional buildings (including welfare building, power distribution building and a process instrumentation building), pipe-racks, pipelines, pipes, cable-racks, utilities and other infrastructure.
c. Construction of a culvert under Laporte Road for pipelines, pipes, cables and other conducting media linking the two parts of the East Site.
d. ‘East Site- Hydrogen Production Facility’ on which up to three hydrogen production units and associated plant including flue gas stacks and flare stacks would be constructed together with additional buildings (including process control building, power distribution buildings, process instrumentation buildings, analyser shelters), pipe-racks, pipelines, pipes, utilities and other infrastructure.
e. Underground pipelines, pipes, cables and other conducting media between the East and West Sites, for the transfer of ammonia, hydrogen, nitrogen and utilities, with cathodic protection against saline corrosion.
f.‘West Site’ involving the construction of up to three hydrogen production units with associated flue gas stacks and flare stacks and up to four liquefier units; hydrogen storage tanks, hydrogen trailer filling stations, a hydrogen vent stack and associated process equipment; and hydrogen vehicle and trailer filling stations, hydrogen compressors and associated process equipment. Also additional buildings (including but not limited to control room and workshop building, security and visitor building, contractor building, warehouse driver administration building, safe haven building, electrical substation and metering station, power distribution buildings, process instrumentation buildings, analyser buildings and additional temporary buildings during construction), process and utility plant including cooling towers and pumps, fire water tank, instrument air equipment, pipe-racks, pipelines, pipes, cable-racks, utilities and other infrastructure.
g. Formation of temporary construction and laydown areas on Queens Road and off Laporte Road
h. Temporary removal of street furniture and modification of overhead cables on Kings Road associated with the transport of large construction components from the Port to the Site.
c) Further associated development on a site wide basis, consisting of the undertaking, as required, of works such as site clearance, creation of additional construction compounds, utility works, landscaping works and street works; and
d) Ancillary works on a site-wide basis, consisting of works that would not necessarily constitute development, such as vegetation removal, the installation of fencing and the demobilisation of construction works.
Development consent is required for the Project to the extent that the development is or forms part of an NSIP pursuant to sections 14(1)(j) and 24(2) of the Planning Act 2008, being the proposed alteration of harbour facilities (i.e. the Port) that are wholly in England and in waters adjacent to England, and the effect of the alteration would be to increase the quantity of material the embarkation or disembarkation of which the facilities are capable of handling by at least the relevant quantity of material per year, which in the case of the facilities for cargo ships is 5 million tonnes per annum. It is for this reason the Project falls within the remit of the Secretary of State’s decision-making powers.
The Development Consent Order would authorise the compulsory acquisition of interests in land and rights over land, and the powers to use land permanently for the construction and operation of the Project. It would also authorise the application and disapplication of certain legislation.
Environmental Impact Assessment Development:
The Project constitutes an Environmental Impact Assessment “EIA” development for the purposes of the Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017 and accordingly the Application is accompanied by an Environmental Statement (“ES”).
The application form and accompanying application documents including a map showing the location of the Project and other plans, maps and the ES and Non-technical Summary of the ES (“NTS”) (together the “Application Documents”)
can be viewed and downloaded free of charge on the IGET webpage of the National Infrastructure Planning website at: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ projects/yorkshire-and-the-humber/immingham-green-energy-terminal/?ipcsection=overview under the “Documents” tab.
The Application Documents will be available for inspection online until at least the Secretary of State has made a decision as to whether or not to grant the Development Consent Order and can be reviewed at the following website: https://national-infrastructure-consenting.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/TR030008/documents. An electronic copy of the Application Documents can be supplied free of charge by ABP on a USB stick, provided on request. Paper copies of the Application Documents can also be supplied on request, but there will be a reasonable charge for paper copies to cover the cost of printing, packaging and postage up to a maximum charge of £5,000 for a complete set of documents. For any bespoke document reproduction please contact us and we will provide details of the cost.
If you have any questions about the Application Documents, [or wish to request copies], you can email firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to IGET, PO Box 76780, London, WC1A 9SJ (quoting reference: Immingham Green Energy Terminal), or call Freephone 0808 175 3233.
The period in which relevant representations are invited to be made to the Planning Inspectorate will end at 23:59pm on 4 December 2023. Any representations (giving notice of any interest in, or objection to, the Application) must be made on the Planning Inspectorate’s Registration and Relevant Representation Form which can be accessed and completed online at: infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/yorkshire-and-the-humber/immingham-green-energy- terminal/.
Submitted representations will be published on the National Infrastructure Planning website for the Application. If you require guidance on, or other methods of, obtaining and completing the Relevant Representation Form, please telephone the Planning Inspectorate on Tel: 0303 444 5000 or e-mail email@example.com.
Representations must be received by the Planning Inspectorate by 23:59pm on 4 December 2023.