News 31 July 2017
More than 100 archaeological and historical marine finds have been submitted during the first year of the Marine Antiquities Scheme; an initiative launched to protect and improve our knowledge of the nation’s underwater heritage by encouraging the voluntary recording of items found in English and Welsh waters
News 27 June 2017
Today we have announced another strong set of results with a record return to HM Treasury of £328.8m, up 8.1% on 2015/16.
News 06 June 2017
Today we have published our 5th annual Offshore Wind Operational Report, with the latest data signalling a bright future for the sector.
News 28 March 2017
A new study into the UK’s offshore wind resource has revealed that variability in wind speeds is significantly lower than previously understood.
The Crown Estate appoints Hogan Lovells and Bond Dickinson to advise its Energy, Minerals and Infrastructure portfolio
News 27 February 2017
We have awarded the legal mandate for our Energy, Minerals and Infrastructure portfolio to Hogan Lovells International LLP and Bond Dickinson LLP.
News 08 February 2017
The Crown Estate has received a request from Vattenfall to explore the award of rights for an extension to its 300MW Thanet Offshore Wind Farm.
News 19 December 2016
Over 500 new surveys have been added to The Crown Estate's Marine Data Exchange since 2015, delivering a 22% increase in total available data.
World’s largest free stream tidal power project unveiled
Local focus 12 September 2016
The world’s largest free stream tidal power project, MeyGen, was officially unveiled today at a ceremony with Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, at the Nigg Energy Park in Scotland.
MeyGen is being developed by Atlantis Resources, and is on track to deliver the first power to the grid from MeyGen Phase1A later this year, which will be a landmark event for the global marine power industry. When completed, the MeyGen project will consist of 269 turbines and generate enough energy to power 175,000 UK homes.
Ronnie Quinn, General Manager of The Crown Estate’s Scotland Portfolio, said:
“The installation of the MeyGen turbines is a hugely significant milestone for the project and for the sector as a whole. The Crown Estate has been working with Atlantis Resources over a number of years, providing specialist support on seabed leasing and investing nearly £10 million in the project to help unlock Scotland’s tidal energy potential. With the deployment of these turbines in a commercial array, a world first, Scotland and the UK remain at the forefront of this industry.”
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News 16 August 2016
We have welcomed the decision of the Secretary of State for Energy to grant development consent for the Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm, located 89 kilometres off the Yorkshire coast.
Green light for construction of £2.6bn Beatrice offshore wind farm
Local focus 23 May 2016
The £2.6bn Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) project has been given the green light for construction by owners SSE (40%), Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) (35%) and SDIC Power (25%) after the project reached Financial Close. The project will be one of the largest private investments ever made in Scottish infrastructure.
Ronnie Quinn, General Manager of The Crown Estate’s Scotland Portfolio said: “It’s incredibly exciting to see this project given the final go ahead. Any offshore wind farm of this scale is a very complex development - putting the finance and final lease in place for Beatrice is a huge achievement that will result in investment and jobs at a local, regional and national level. We look forward to continuing to support the team.”