As managers of the seabed around England, Wales and Northern Ireland, The Crown Estate plays a unique and active role in developing and helping sustain UK energy supply and infrastructure, working together with industry, government, regulators and our many stakeholders to help deliver growth in a manner that balances the wide range of interests in the marine environment.
In line with Government and industry appetite for additional offshore wind capacity, and following the significant cost reduction demonstrated by the sector, we announced our intention to make new seabed area available for offshore wind leasing in November 2017.
Following the announcement, we carried out an extensive 18-month programme of pre-tender engagement process. Through this, we refined our proposals in line with feedback and comments, helping us take account of seabed users, potential environmental impacts and market needs.
We presented our final tender design in Spring/Summer 2019, and in September 2019, we the announcement of the final Bidding Areas and launched Offshore Wind Leasing Round 4.
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