KWT Consultancy Services were commissioned by Nemolink Limited to design a five year management scheme and undertake a natural transformation of land within their Richborough Converter Station near Sandwich into a natural space optimising carbon capture on site.
The converter station, which now forms part of the Richborough Energy Park, was constructed by Nemolink on the site of the former Richborough Power Station after the demolition of the three cooling towers and chimney in 2012. It is at one end of the Nemo Link interconnector, a subsea and underground cable connecting power networks in the UK and Belgium. The conversion of electricity between Alternating Current (AC) and Direct Current (DC) enables it to be transported over long distances and traded between the two countries, thereby helping to meet rising energy demands.
Nemolink currently has no use for part of the Richborough site and invited KWT to assist in the development and future management of this land for the purpose of nature conservation.
The aim is to enhance and maintain what is currently bare and rubbly into a variety of habitats for wildlife, connecting with the wider landscape wildlife whilst being practical and compatible with Nemolink’s operational requirements.
KWT Consultancy services were engaged to undertake work to:
- Facilitate industry and The Wildlife Trusts working together on natural solutions to climate change in the form of carbon capture
- Provide a framework for the long-term management of Richborough Converter Station land for the benefit of wildlife
- Create and maintain a variety of habitats for wildlife including short grassland, wildflower meadow, tall herbaceous vegetation, scrub and scattered trees
- Provide nesting, foraging, hibernation and roosting opportunities for wildlife
- Monitor the impact of management on wildlife
- Meet site safety and security requirements
- Maintain access where required for management purposes
The management of the site includes several key approaches, including habitat creation, habitat management, site security and safety, management plan reviews and ecological monitoring. A five year management plan drawn up by KWT with NEMO Ltd addresses these areas and outlined aims and actions as above.