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Archives of official announcements we've made previously can be found here. 

Invitation to express interest in tendering for the management of The Crown Estate’s coastal estates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland - 31 May, 2019

The Crown Estate is seeking to appoint agents to manage its coastal and tidal river interests in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and invites expressions of interest from organisations wishing to tender for this work.

Applicants are requested to complete a prequalification questionnaire, available electronically from The Crown Estate eTendering Portal at: etendering.thecrownestate.co.uk from 12 noon on Friday 31 May 2019 until 12 noon on Friday 28 June 2019.

All applications must be received by The Crown Estate by 12 noon Friday 28 June 2019.

It is anticipated that the invitation to tender will be issued during the week commencing 2 September 2019 and the awards to be made in January 2020 for commencement 1 April 2020.

Be advised that this advertisement serves to request information and expressions of interest from interested organisations, and does not constitute a formal offer or an invitation to tender. 

SIMEC Atlantis Energy, Strangford Lough - 12 April, 2019

The Crown Estate intends to grant SIMEC Atlantis Energy a 5-year extension to their existing Agreement for Lease upon the bed of the sea at Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland. The extension will commence from 1 July 2019 and will enable SIMEC Atlantis Energy to develop a tidal energy project.

The new option is required as the existing agreement expires on June 30th 2019. The existing lease was granted to Marine Current Turbines Limited, which was purchased by SIMEC Atlantis Energy.

Should you require any further information on the proposed agreement for lease please contact Jason Golder on 0207 851 5186 or at jason.golder@thecrownestate.co.uk by no later than 30 June 2019. 

SIMEC Atlantis Energy, Portland Bill - 12 April, 2019

The Crown Estate intends to grant SIMEC Atlantis Energy a 5-year extension to their existing Agreement for Lease upon the bed of the sea off Portland Bill, Dorset. The extension will commence from 1 July 2019 and will enable SIMEC Atlantis Energy to develop a tidal energy project.

The new option is required as the existing agreement expires on June 30th 2019. The existing lease was granted to Marine Current Turbines Limited, which was purchased by SIMEC Atlantis Energy.

Should you require any further information on the proposed agreement for lease please contact Jason Golder on 0207 851 5186 or at jason.golder@thecrownestate.co.uk by no later than 30 June 2019. 

Proposed agreement to lease for gas storage at Larne Lough, Northern Island - 11 March 2019

The Crown Estate intends to grant Islandmagee Energy Limited (formerly Islandmagee Storage Limited) an agreement for lease for gas storage below Larne Lough. 

Should you require any further information on the proposed agreement for lease please contact Jason Golder on 0207 851 5186 or at jason.golder@thecrownestate.co.uk by no later than 11 June 2019.

Minesto UK Limited – Portaferry, Strangford Lough - 11 February 2019

The Crown Estate intends to extend Minesto UK Limited’s lease over the site of its tidal site project at Portaferry, Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland.

The extension will extend the date under Minesto’s existing lease from the current expiry date of 25 October 2019 to 24 October 2024.

If you would like to make any observations in relation to the lease extension, please contact us at the address below by no later than 6 May 2019.

Jason Golder
Senior Asset Manager
The Crown Estate
1 St James’s Market
London SW1Y 4AH 

jason.golder@thecrownestate.co.uk

Offshore wind extension projects - outcome of The Crown Estate’s assessment of applications - 4 October, 2018

The Crown Estate issued a notice on 7 February 2017 setting out the application criteria for offshore wind project extensions. A further notice was issued on 11 August 2017 amending one of the application eligibility criteria.

The deadline for submission of applications was 31 May 2018.

The Crown Estate has completed its assessment of the applications received. Subject to the outcome of a plan level Habitats Regulations Assessment, The Crown Estate intends to grant rights to extend the following offshore wind projects:

  • Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm (extension of up to 317MW).
  • Dudgeon offshore wind farm (extension of up to 402MW).
  • Race Bank offshore wind farm (extension of up to 573MW).
  • Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm (extension of up to 504MW).
  • Galloper offshore wind farm (extension of up to 353MW).
  • Rampion offshore wind farm (extension of up to 400MW).
  • Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm (extension of up to 576MW).

Click here to see the locations of these projects.

It is anticipated that the plan level Habitats Regulations Assessment will be completed by summer 2019. If you would like any further information on the extensions, please contact The Crown Estate at offshorewind@thecrownestate.co.uk.

Data handling support for Marine Data Exchange - 17 September 2018

The Crown Estate has launched an invitation to tender for the role of data handling support in the management of the Marine Data Exchange (MDE) for a period of three years with effect from 1st April 2019.

The MDE is a data management system developed by The Crown Estate in 2013 to store, manage and disseminate offshore survey data collected by our customers throughout the lifetime of a project. By making valuable data freely available, we hope to promote collaboration within the sector, reduce survey costs and ultimately de-risk investment offshore.

A set of consistent standards and requirements ensure that the data held within the MDE is maintained to a high standard with enhance discoverability of data. To supplement our in-house resources The Crown Estate wish to appoint a company to support our team with the data handling tasks critical to the effective running of the Marine Data Exchange.

The requirement is for a company with a small team of professionals familiar with marine data management standards and offshore survey data, to provide data support according to agreed standards, methodologies and deadlines.

The deadline for initial bid submissions is COB Friday 19th October 2018. Bidders may be invited to attend an interview between 12th and 30th November. There will also be an opportunity to get an introductory demonstration of the MDE at The Crown Estate between 24th and 28th September.

To register your interest and to request all the relevant tendering documentation and instructions, please email mde@thecrownestate.co.uk.

Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre - 13 August 2018

The Crown Estate intends to extend the Isle of Wight’s option for the Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre project off the south coast of the Isle of Wight.

The extension will extend the date under the Isle of Wight’s agreement for lease, by which they may call for a lease of the site, from 15/11/2018 to 19/04/2021.

If you would like to make any observations in relation to option extension, please contact us at the address below no later than 22nd October 2018.

Senior Asset Manager
The Crown Estate
1 St James’s Market
London SW1Y 4AH

Email: Jason.golder@thecrownestate.co.uk

The Crown Estate closes offshore wind extensions opportunity - 1st June 2018

The Crown Estate yesterday closed its application process for offshore wind farm extension projects. This follows the announcement in February this year.

Since February 2017 when the opportunity launched, 8 applications have been received, representing potential for up to 3GW of new capacity on the seabed around England and Wales.   

The Crown Estate will now embark on the process of assessment of the applications. Given the presence of multiple applications, it will also consider the need for a plan level Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA).  

Subject to the outcome of these processes, successful applications could be converted to option agreements in summer 2019.

The Crown Estate announced in November 2017 that it would be working with the offshore wind sector and stakeholders to consider a process for making new seabed rights available to offshore wind developers. 

The closure of the extensions opportunity helps pave the way for a single and comprehensive route for awarding new rights for future offshore wind development on the seabed around England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Expressions of interest in the Marine Aggregate Extraction Tender - 2 May 2018

The Crown Estate is reopening the opportunity for interested parties to express an interest (“EoI”) in the 2018 Marine Aggregate Extraction Tender Round.

The tender process will seek bids from operators for rights to prospect the seabed in all regions of The Crown Estate mineral ownership and to obtain an option for a “Production Agreement” to extract marine aggregate.

Registration is via The Crown Estate eTendering Portal, (https://etendering.thecrownestate.co.uk/web/login.shtml) AND by emailing MarineMinerals@thecrownestate.co.uk.

This opportunity is open until noon on Friday 8th June 2018.

If you require further information in relation to the 2018 Marine Aggregate Extraction Tender Round or if you have any queries in relation to The Crown Estate’s marine aggregate activities please email

marineminerals@thecrownestate.co.uk

Offshore wind project extensions - application from Vattenfall Wind Power Ltd (“Vattenfall”) for a 300 MW extension to Thanet Offshore Windfarm - 8th March 2018

The Crown Estate issued a notice on 7 February 2017 setting out application criteria for offshore wind project extensions. A further notice was issued on 11 August 2017 amending one of the application criteria.

The Crown Estate has received an application from Vattenfall to extend Thanet Offshore Windfarm which has satisfied the application criteria and the project evaluation criteria for extension applications.  

The Crown Estate intends to grant rights to Vattenfall for a 300 MW extension to Thanet Offshore Windfarm in accordance with its application.

Vattenfall will be obliged to obtain all statutory consents for its extension project.

Should you require further information on the proposed extension rights, please contact The Crown Estate at the contact details below by no later than 12 noon 8 June 2018. 

will.apps@thecrownestate.co.uk

 

Proposed extension to the term of North Hoyle Offshore Wind Farm Limited’s Round 1 offshore wind lease  - 16th February 2018

The Crown Estate intends to extend the term of North Hoyle Offshore Wind Farm Limited’s lease of the North Hoyle Offshore Wind Farmin the East Irish Sea, North West of Prestatyn.

The term of the lease will be extended from 22 years to 50 years to be consistent with the terms of all other Round 1 offshore wind leases.

Should you require any further information on the proposed extension please contact Charles Green by email to charles.green@thecrownestate.co.uk  or by phone on 0207 8515184 by no later than 12pm 30th March 2018.

charles.green@thecrownestate.co.uk 

Offshore wind project extensions - deadline for submission of applications - 8th February 2018

Further to its notices dated 7 February 2017 and 11 August 2017, The Crown Estate wishes to advise that the deadline for submission of applications for offshore wind project extensions is 12 noon on 31 May 2018. 

You can read more about offshore wind project extensions here. If you require any further information, please contact Claire Muir, Contract Manager – Offshore Energy.

Claire.Muir@thecrownestate.co.uk

Application to extend Thanet Offshore Wind Farm - 11th August 2017

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 below.

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 communication 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.

Application to extend Thanet Offshore Wind Farm - 7th February 2017

The Crown Estate has received a request from Vattenfall Wind Power Limited to extend its Thanet Offshore Wind Farm.

The Crown Estate proposes to consider any formal applications for wind farm extensions against the following criteria:

i. The wind farm to be extended must be constructed and fully operational at the date of the formal application.

ii. The capacity in megawatts of the extension must not exceed that of the existing wind farm.

iii. The site of the extension must share a boundary with the site of the existing wind farm.

iv. The application must be from the tenant of the existing wind farm.

v. Other than the site of the existing wind farm, the site of the extension must not encroach within a radius of 5km of the site of any other wind farm unless the tenant of any such wind farm confirms its agreement in writing to The Crown Estate.

Any application meeting such criteria will then be assessed against project evaluation criteria which are available upon request.

If The Crown Estate grants rights to extend, the agreement for lease may be entered into by the tenant of the existing wind farm, a shareholder of that tenant or an entity which is at least 50% owned by a shareholder of the tenant of the existing wind farm.

The Crown Estate will issue a further notice following the conclusion of its assessment of any formal application received from Vattenfall Wind Power Limited.

If you would like any further information, please contact Will Apps, Portfolio Manager, by no later than 8th May 2017.

will.apps@thecrownestate.co.uk

 

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