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 - 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

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 below), 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

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

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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