Offshore wind

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Application to extend Thanet Offshore Wind Farm

The Crown Estate issued a notice on 7th February 2017 setting out the proposed application criteria for offshore wind project extensions. A copy of that notice can be found here

The Crown Estate intends to amend the proposed application criteria relating to who may apply for a project extension. It is now proposed that any applicant must be:

  • the tenant of the wind farm which is proposed to be extended; or
  • a holding company or parent of the tenant of the wind farm which is proposed to be extended; or
  • a subsidiary of a holding company or parent of the tenant of the wind farm which is proposed to be extended; or
  • an entity at least 50% owned by one of the above.

If it is not the tenant of the wind farm which is proposed to be extended, the applicant must provide at the time of its application written confirmation from the tenant of the wind farm which is proposed to be extended that it does not object to the proposed extension.

The other proposed application criteria remain as follows:

  • The wind farm which is proposed to be extended must be constructed and fully operational at the date of the application.
  • The capacity in megawatts of the proposed extension must not exceed that of the existing wind farm.
  • The proposed extension must share a boundary with the existing wind farm.
  • Other than the existing wind farm, the proposed extension must not encroach within a radius of 5km of any other wind farm unless the tenant of any such wind farm confirms its agreement in writing to The Crown Estate.

Applications satisfying the application criteria will then be assessed against project evaluation criteria which are available upon request.

If you would like any further information, please contact Will Apps, Head of Energy Development, by no later than 30th October 2017.

will.apps@thecrownestate.co.uk