Rampion turbines. Source: E.on UK plc (www.eonenergy.com)
The Crown Estate has completed its initial assessment of the eight applications for offshore wind farm extension projects in the waters around England and Wales.
The eight projects represent a potential capacity of up to 3.4 GW and have all satisfied the application criteria, the seabed manager said.
The Crown Estate will now move to the next phase of the assessment process, undertaking a plan level Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA), which will look into any possible impact of the proposed extensions on relevant nature conservation sites of European importance. This is to be completed in six to nine months. Depending on the results, the applicants could be awarded agreements for leases in the summer of 2019. They would then begin project specific environmental assessments and follow the statutory planning process to obtain consents.