Hydropower, Offshore, Project Development, Wind Power

Crown Estate Extends Offshore Wind Awards

The Crown Estate announced that it has released an additional 2 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind leases under its Round One and Two project extensions. Three Round One and Two offshore wind farm operators have been selected to extend five sites, creating an additional 1.7 GW. In addition, a further 340 megawatts (MW) has been offered to increase capacity within the current Round One and Two site areas for two other projects.

The selected developers are existing operators and will finalise agreements with The Crown Estate in the coming weeks. After this, developers will commence the statutory consenting process. Each area extension will require a full, new planning application including an Environmental Impact Assessment and a full consultation. The Crown Estate will only grant a lease allowing construction to start when statutory consents have been obtained from appropriate decision making bodies.

 The projects below have been awarded an extension of project area within which the new capacity will be constructed.

Developer Original Project
Extension Project Capacity Area
SSE & RWE Npower Renewables Greater Gabbard Galloper Wind Farm 504 MW 174.9 km²
Vattenfall Wind Power Kentish Flats Kentish Flats 2 51 MW 8.3 km²
Vattenfall Wind Power Thanet Thanet 2 147 MW 17.2 km²
Dong Wind UK Burbo Bank Burbo Bank Extension 234 MW 39.7 km²
Dong Wind UK Walney Walney Extension 750 MW 146.2 km²

It is anticipated that construction of the Round One and Two extensions will start in 2014, subject to consents, with completion of all projects by the end of 2016 in advance of Round Three. In making the awards. The extensions are expected to benefit from synergies with the original projects, with in some cases the potential for the sharing of construction crews and vessels, as well as electrical systems, construction bases, ports and onshore facilities.

“This 2 GW has been driven by developers’ appetite and will increase the total potential 2020 installed capacity to 48 GW. It is another positive step in the maturing of the offshore wind industry and will significantly support the growth of the supply chain as it adds further to the pipeline of construction projects,” said Rob Hastings, The Crown Estate’s director of the marine estate.