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Crown Estate reviews offshore floating submissions

UK: The Crown Estate, which manages the UK's territorial waters, said it has received a number of submissions to develop floating turbines in the country's waters.

Statoil's Hywind floating turbine being tested off Norway's coast
Statoil's Hywind floating turbine being tested off Norway's coast

The Crown Estate opened up invitations to tender for its offshore wind test and demonstration leasing programme on 26 August 2013, which ended last month. It refused to reveal how many submissions it had received.

A Crown Estate spokesperson said it was now reviewing the proposals. He added: "We have to ensure that the process is robust, impartial and adheres to set legal requirements.

"At the moment it’s premature to talk either formally or informally about test and demonstration sites since we are still reviewing submissions to the leasing round.

"Until we have had a chance to get to the meat of the submissions we will not make any further comments."

It is likely an announcement will be made early next year.

The Crown Estate will reveal, within the next couple of months, where the floating offshore wind demonstration projects will be off the UK’s shores.

It has embarked on a programme of test and demonstration projects to develop offshore wind in deeper waters.

It comes as Statoil is planning to install five 6MW floating turbines for a test site 20 kilometres off the coast of Peterhead, north-east Scotland, as part of its Hywind project.

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