The Crown Estate has awarded Agreements for Lease (AfL) to six proposed offshore wind project extensions in waters around England and Wales.
On 28 September, it was announced that the projects have been brought forward as part of The Crown Estate’s 2017 Offshore Wind Extensions opportunity, which aims to unlock additional capacity in the UK offshore wind portfolio in an efficient way by extending existing offshore windfarms. The Sheringham Shoal, Dudgeon, Greater Gabbard, Galloper, Rampion and Gwynt y Môr offshore windfarms have been awarded AfLs for extensions, in addition to the previously announced proposed extension to the Thanet offshore windfarm. They have the collective potential to deliver 2.8GW of new capacity.
Each proposal has already successful progressed through the plan level Habitats Regulations Assessment stage (HRA), which assesses the possible impact of the proposed windfarm extensions on relevant nature conversation sites of European importance. The next stage will see developers focus on environmental assessments and surveys, before seeking planning consent and securing connections to the grid.
Will Apps, Head of Energy Development, at The Crown Estate, said: “Extensions projects offer a valuable way of enabling new, low cost offshore wind capacity, making efficient use of our world-class seabed resources and building on developers’ existing project knowledge and infrastructure. Each project has the potential to play a vital role in supporting the nation’s clean energy transition and we look forward to following their progress as they move through the planning process.”