Crown Estate unveils leasing rounds for 800 MW of offshore renewable projects
Dec 15, 2011 - The Crown Estate, the body that manages the UK seabed, said today it would grant licences for offshore wind and tidal power projects in Northern Ireland waters with a combined capacity of 800 MW.
Following discussions with the industry, the agency has identified two locations for development. The Offshore Wind Area, off the southeastern coast of County Down, covers licences for a total of 600 MW, to be granted to a single development company. The Rathlin Island and Torr Head Strategic Area is a single tidal stream area of up to 200 MW capacity. Here, interested parties can apply with projects with a maximum capacity of 100 MW.
The Crown Estate expects to award the licences in the second half of 2012. There will be two separate tendering processes for the two areas. The projects have to be fully operational by 2020.