The Natural Hazards Review project will develop a framework and best practice approach to characterise natural hazards and seek to improve methodologies where current approaches are inefficient. This is to improve energy system infrastructure design and the project is intended to share knowledge of natural hazards across sectors. The project will be completed in three stages. Phase one will focus on a gap analysis. Phase two will look at developing a series of improved methodologies from the gaps identified in phase one, and phase three will demonstrate how to apply these methodologies. Finally, phase 3 will develop a “how to” guide for use by project engineers.
This case study illustrates the appropriate use of the derived methodology for Hunterston and its coastal infrastructure. Hunterston is located in western Scotland and is the site of energy generation andtransmission infrastructure. The site was chosen as representative of a coastal site. This case study assesses two different types of natural hazard:
•Volume 10 — Space Weather;
Volume 11 — Marine Biological Fouling.
The location of Hunterston has been selected to illustrate the potential risks caused by these two hazards since this industrialised coastal site has been affected by past biological clogging events and is located at a northern latitude which makes it more likely to observe space weather impacts such as geomagnetic storms. Other natural hazard risks (such as extreme weather or flooding) at this location should still be considered more generally but are not the focus of this case study.