The Crown Estate has presented an update on potential new offshore wind leasing to the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC), a senior Government and industry forum.
This follows its announcement in November 2017 that it would be considering a process for awarding new seabed rights in the waters off England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The presentation, delivered on 6 February 2018, outlines The Crown Estate’s early thinking in relation to the leasing model design as well as a process of engagement with the sector, stakeholders and other interested parties over the summer. The feedback from this engagement will form part of part of its consideration in determining the case for, and approach to, any new offshore wind leasing. If new leasing is confirmed, a formal process could commence in late 2018 or early 2019.
A copy of the presentation and a record of the corresponding discussion has been made available on the right.
As a result of the potential for new offshore wind leasing, The Crown Estate has also announced that it will no longer be accepting applications for offshore wind farm extensions after 31 May 2018. This is to help pave the way for a single and comprehensive route for awarding new seabed rights and avoid potentially having two processes running concurrently.
For more information on offshore wind extensions please visit here.