Wave Energy Converter, Elliston, South Australia
Client – WaveRider Energy
Services – Marine and Coastal, Flora and Fauna, Planning and Compliance, Community Consultation
Assignment – Wave Rider Energy is to locate a Wave Rider pilot plant in the high energy waters off Locks Well Beach near Elliston, South Australia for up to 18 months. The Wave Rider project was referred to the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPC) for assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The project was approved with conditions including the implementation of approved monitoring and management plans for both marine mammals and EPBC listed birds. In addition the South Australian Development Assessment Commission requires Wave Rider Energy to monitor the seafloor (benthic habitats) during the pilot project.
Our Role – On behalf of the client COOE will undertake various benthic environment, birds and marine mammals and acoustic surveys in the vicinity of the proposed project.
The work required to meet the monitoring program and marine environmental survey as outlined in the approvals process consisted of:
- monitoring of birds during the towing phase
- point count surveys of EPBC listed birds
- behavioural observations of EPBC-listed cetaceans and pinnipeds
- video monitoring and interpretation
- benthic habitat surveys
- above and below water noise monitoring
- data collation and reporting.
In addition COOE provided technical support to the client and attended meetings with regulators and stakeholders as requested.
The information collected was submitted to the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Populations and Communities (DSEWPaC), the Development Assessment Commission (DAC) and the South Australian Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to satisfy relevant legal and regulatory requirements including the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999, the Development Act 1993 and the Environment Protection Act 1993.