Offshore wind | The Crown Estate

04 October 2018

Offshore wind

Official announcements about projects or comments we may make on topics of discussion relating to offshore wind, can be found here. 

Offshore wind extension projects - outcome of The Crown Estate’s assessment of applications

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.

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.

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

Further to its notices dated 7 February 2017 and 11 August 2017 (see Archive), 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

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 (see Archive).

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  

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

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