2.8GW of offshore wind extension projects to progress

Seven offshore wind extension projects in the UK are to progress to the award of seabed rights by the Crown Estate.

Following a plan-level Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA), the Crown Estate announced the successful projects – totalling 2.8GW – on 28 August. Applications for second phases of up to 317MW at Sheringham Shoal, 402MW at Dudgeon, 504MW at Greater Gabbard, 353MW at Galloper, 300MW at Thanet, 576MW at Gwynt y Mor and 400MW at Rampion have all been cleared to proceed.

Orsted’s application to extend its 504MW Race Bank off Lincolnshire, however, has not been allowed to advance. With the majority of the site for the proposed extension sitting within the Inner Dowsing Race Bank and North Ridge Special Area of Conservation (SAC), the Crown Estate explained that following the HRA, it was not possible to rule out an “adverse effect on the integrity of the SAC”.

The successful projects will help to grow the UK’s offshore wind portfolio by 10%, said Head of Energy Development, Will Apps. Apps added: “In today’s increasingly busy sea-space, a collaborative approach will become all the more crucial, ensuring that the continued ambitious growth of offshore wind happens in balance with the wide range of other interests offshore.”

The Crown Estate