Dzhankeldi Wind Power Project - Bird & Bat Studies
ACWA Power signed an implementation agreement with the MoE to design, finance, build and operate a 500-1000 MW wind farm in Uzbekistan. Dzhankeldy site is one of the sites where wind project is being developed. 5 Capitals on behalf of ACWA Power contracted Juru to undertake bird and bat monitoring and perform collision risk modelling following Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) Guidance recommendations.
Bird and bat baseline studies are intended to provide a comprehensive profile of the spatio-temporal distributions of all species, including “targeted” species within the project’s area of influence, in accordance with lenders requirements (EBRD, IFC) The scientific field of wind-wildlife interaction studies has experienced rapid growth over the past three decades, paralleling the growth of the global wind energy sector, and this growth has resulted in the development and evolution of international scientific good practice methodologies for wind-wildlife baseline studies.
- Support technical due diligence of the project location including preparation of set of TORs
- Bird monitoring: 12-month vantage point (10 VPs) surveys (36 hours per season) based upon guidelines outlined in the Scottish Natural Heritage: Recommended bird survey methods to inform impact assessment of onshore windfarms (March 2017, v2.) (SNH 2017)
- Target survey for Houbara Bustard to focus on whether this species is breeding within the area
- Breeding raptors survey
- Review of scientific publications related to bird monitoring in the project area
- Collision Risk Modelling using the Band (2012) model, following Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) Guidance recommendations. The Band CRM predicts the expected collision rates of particular bird species or species groups at a given wind farm based on the specific dimensions and physical characteristics of the rotors, the birds, the wind farm, and the density of bird flights recorded in the wind farm area.
- Bat monitoring: 3 complete nights of bat acoustic recording per location using Wildlife Acoustics Song Meter SM4 recorder between April and October, for a total of 21 total nights of bat acoustic recording (7 months x 3 nights per month), encompassing various locations spread throughout the Project area; recorded bat data analysis using Kaleidoscope Pro Auto Analysis and BatSound 4 software
- Local support in environmental and social feasibility assessment of the selected site in the Bukhara region