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Energy Act 2004

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95Safety zones around renewable energy installations
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(1)This section applies where—

(a)there is a proposal to construct a renewable energy installation in waters subject to regulation under this section, or to extend or to decommission a renewable energy installation situated in such waters;

(b)there is a proposal to operate a renewable energy installation on completion of its construction in such waters, or of any extension of it in such waters; or

(c)a renewable energy installation is being constructed, extended, operated or decommissioned in such waters.

(2)If the Secretary of State considers it appropriate to do so for the purpose of securing the safety of—

(a)the renewable energy installation or its construction, extension or decommissioning,

(b)other installations in the vicinity of the installation or the place where it is to be constructed or extended,

(c)individuals in or on the installation or other installations in that vicinity, or

(d)vessels in that vicinity or individuals on such vessels,

he may issue a notice declaring that such areas as are specified or described in the notice are to be safety zones for the purposes of this Chapter.

(3)The power of the Secretary of State to issue a notice under this section shall be exercisable by him either—

(a)on an application made to him for the purpose by any person; or

(b)where no such application is made, on his own initiative.

(4)Before issuing a notice under this section which relates, wholly or partly, to—

(a)an area of Scottish waters, or

(b)an area of waters in a Scottish part of a Renewable Energy Zone,

the Secretary of State must consult the Scottish Ministers.

(5)An area may be declared to be a safety zone only if it is an area of waters around or adjacent to a place where a renewable energy installation is to be, or is being, constructed, extended, operated or decommissioned; but a safety zone may extend to waters outside the waters subject to regulation under this section.

(6)A notice under this section—

(a)must identify the renewable energy installation, or proposed renewable energy installation, by reference to which it is issued;

(b)must specify the date on which it is to come into force, or the means by which that date is to be determined;

(c)may contain provision by virtue of which the area of a safety zone varies from time to time by reference to factors specified in, or determinations made in accordance with, the provisions of the notice;

(d)may contain provision imposing prohibitions on the carrying on in a safety zone of activities specified in, or determined in accordance with, the provisions of the notice, or for the imposition of such prohibitions;

(e)may contain provision granting permission for vessels to enter or remain in a safety zone or for persons to carry on prohibited activities, or for the grant of such permissions;

(f)may confer discretions, with respect to the making of determinations for the purposes of such a notice, on such persons as may be specified or described in the notice;

(g)may modify or revoke a previous notice; and

(h)may make different provision in relation to different cases.

(7)Where a notice is issued under this section or a determination is made for the purposes of such a notice, the Secretary of State must either—

(a)himself publish the notice or determination in such manner as he considers appropriate for bringing it, as soon as is reasonably practicable, to the attention of persons likely to be affected by it; or

(b)secure that it is published in that manner—

(i)by the applicant for the notice; or

(ii)in the case of a determination made by a person other than the Secretary of State, by the applicant for the notice or by the person who made the determination.

(8)References in this section to a determination for the purposes of a notice include references to a determination made for those purposes in accordance with the notice, or with regulations under section 96—

(a)to impose a prohibition;

(b)to grant a permission; or

(c)to impose conditions in relation to a permission.

(9)Schedule 16 (which makes provision about the procedure for the declaration of safety zones) has effect.

(10)The waters subject to regulation under this section are—

(a)waters in or adjacent to Great Britain which are between the mean low water mark and the seaward limits of the territorial sea; and

(b)waters within a Renewable Energy Zone.

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