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UK boosts offshore pipeline by 2.8GW with extension leases

Seabed landlord the Crown Estate awards developers leases for six project extensions, taking the UK offshore pipeline to 40GW

A further 576MW of capacity could be added to the Gwynt y Môr site off the coast of North Wales (pic credit  RWE)
A further 576MW of capacity could be added to the Gwynt y Môr site off the coast of North Wales (pic credit RWE)

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Seabed landlord the Crown Estate granted developers the rights to extend six UK offshore wind farms in the last six months, boosting the UK’s pipeline by 2.8GW.

It had previously awarded leases for extensions of the Dudgeon wind farm in April, Gwynt y Môr project in June, and Galloper and Sheringham Shoal sites in August. 

The seabed landlord has now approved rights for extensions of the Rampion and Greater Gabbard offshore wind farms.

If delivered as expected, the project extensions could double the capacity of the six existing wind farms, adding a further 2.8GW of capacity to the UK’s offshore wind fleet.

The full-list of projects now granted extension leases is:

Developers will now need to carry out environmental assessments and surveys, before seeking planning consent through the statutory planning process and securing connections to the grid, the Crown Estate explained. They would also need to secure power deals for output from their respective projects.

The Crown Estate is also due to award leases to support a further 7GW of offshore wind development in UK waters.

Combined with the existing portfolio of projects already in operation, construction and planning, these actions will take the UK offshore wind pipeline beyond 40GW – the government’s target for 2030.

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