Lease contracts signed for up to 2.8 GW of offshore wind extensions in UK

Source: Twitter, @innogy_uk

September 29 (Renewables Now) - The Crown Estate has signed Agreements for Lease (AfL) for six offshore wind farm extensions that will add 2.8 GW of total capacity in the UK.

The British seabed landlord has awarded projects that have successfully passed an assessment related to their potential impact on nature conservation sites of European importance. Their developers will now conduct environmental assessments and surveys and then apply for planning permission and grid-connection.

More details on the six projects are available in the table.

Original project Extension capacity Extension name Developer
Sheringham Shoal up to 317 MW -- Equinor
Dudgeon  up to 402 MW -- Equinor
Greater Gabbard up to 504 MW North Falls RWE, SSE Renewables
Galloper up to 353 MW Five Estuaries Macquarie, RWE, Siemens Financial Services, ESB Sumitomo
Rampion up to 1,200 MW Rampion 2 RWE, Enbridge, Macquarie
Gwynt y Mor up to 576 MW Awel y Mor RWE, Stadtwerke Muenchen, Siemens Financial Services

The AfLs follow the recently announced award for the 340-MW extension of the 300-MW Thanet offshore wind park by Swedish energy group Vattenfall.

The lease agreements were awarded as part of the Crown Estate’s Offshore Wind Extensions round launched in 2017. The initiative is part of a wider programme aimed at deploying more offshore wind capacity and helping the UK reach its net-zero emissions goal by 2050.

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