Offshore wind new leasing: November 2018 update
In November 2018, The Crown Estate launched its second phase of engagement with stakeholders and the market, sharing its updated proposals for Round 4 offshore wind leasing.
The Crown Estate’s November update included two key events: the first with stakeholders on the 15 November; and the second with the market on the 26. The latest proposals follow extensive engagement with market and statutory stakeholders since July.
An overview of the information provided at each session are provided on this page, along with the presentation slides and a summary of Q&A.
Update following stakeholder engagement event (15th November):
On 15 November, The Crown Estate shared further detail on plans for Round 4 with stakeholders, including its proposed refinement of seabed regions - within which developers would have the opportunity to identify and propose sites.
This work, underpinned by a detailed assessment of spatial constraints and developed in collaboration with statutory stakeholders, identifies:
- Five regions that The Crown Estate proposes to include in plans for a new leasing round, on the basis that they are technically feasible, include sufficiently large areas of available seabed for offshore wind development and have lower levels of development constraint.
- Four regions which The Crown Estate proposes to take forward for further consideration, on the basis that additional work is required to build the evidence base and engage with technical stakeholders about these areas, in order to better understand the seabed resource and constraints and confirm their inclusion.
- Nine regions that will not be taken forward as part of Round 4, on the basis that they are impacted by significant development constraints, which would be challenging to mitigate, namely: defence ranges and exercise areas; visual sensitivity (i.e. where development would predominately or entirely be within 13km of shore) and overlap with shipping routes that contain traffic of more than 1,000 ships per year.
A summary of the Q&A related to the presentation will be available here shortly.
We have also made the following documents available on the Marine Data Exchange, which set out the analysis that underpins the regions refinement work outlined above, as well as a summary of stakeholder feedback.
- Resource and Constraints Assessment for Offshore Wind
- Methodology Report
- Characterisation Area Reports
- Characterisation Areas GIS shape files
- Model Output GIS shape file
- Interim Summary Stakeholder Feedback Report
- Interim Regions Refinement Report and Refined Regions GIS shape files
- National Grid: Offshore Wind Constraints Study
Additional datasets used in the analysis process are available for viewing on our GIS portal.
Materials for stakeholder event (15th Nov)
Update following market engagement event (26th November):
On 26 November, The Crown Estate shared new details with the market on the proposed tender design for its planned Round 4 offshore wind leasing.
This included the criteria it would propose to assess at the ‘Pre-Qualification’ stage (PQQ) and ‘Invitation to Tender (ITT) stages of Round 4. The Crown Estate also shared further detail on additional tender parameters, such as: bidding entities and consortia arrangements, spatial aspects and an outline of the proposed agreement for lease.
The presentation is available on the right, in full as well as by section ('Policy & Portfolio Context', 'Feedback & Region Refinement' and 'Tender Process Design').
A summary of the Q&A related to the presentation will be available shortly.
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Materials provided above are for information purposes only. No party is entitled to rely on their contents. The Crown Estate makes no representation, assurance, undertaking or warranty, and accepts no duty, liability or responsibility, in respect of the information in these materials.