The UK pipeline for offshore wind has sailed past the 40GW capacity mark, with the Crown Estate confirming it has now signed lease agreements for another six extensions to existing farms in the waters around England and Wales. The latest projects, which together have the potential to deliver 2.8GW of new capacity, form the culmination of the Crown Estate’s 2017 offshore wind extensions round, which aims to unlock additional renewables capacity in pursuit of net zero by extending existing wind farms, it announced yesterday. The Agreements for Lease comprise extensions for the Sheringham Shoal, Dudgeon, Greater Gabbard, Galloper, Rampion, and Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farms, in addition to the previously announced lease agreed for the proposed Thanet offshore wind farm extension. With all projects having successfully passed their habitats and nature conservation assessments, developers will now move onto the environmental assessments and surveys before seeking planning consent to secure connections to the grid, said the Crown Estate. Alongside yesterday’s extension announcements, the Crown Estate is also forging ahead with Offshore Wind Leasing Round 4 aimed at unlocking new areas of the UK’s seabed for another 7GW of new projects. Combined with the existing portfolio of projects already in operation, construction, and planning, it said this would take the UK’s total offshore wind pipeline to in excess of 40GW.
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An expansion project on the Rampion wind farm could create renewable energy for more than a million homes, its owner says. Plans have been announced for another 116 new turbines in an extension of the Rampion wind farm off the Sussex coast. A new joint venture company has signed an agreement with the Crown Estate – which manages the seabed – to develop the project on the site.
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