The United Kingdom’s Crown Estate has officially launched the Invitation to Tender Stage 1 for the fourth round of its leasing for seabed rights to develop offshore wind projects with between 7GW and 8.5GW on offer. The Crown Estate, which manages much of the United Kingdom’s lands and offshore holdings, officially launched the Offshore Wind Leasing Round 4 back in September 2019, but announced at the beginning of April 2020 the Invitation to Tender (ITT) Stage 1 for Round 4. Already home to the largest amount of offshore wind in the world, with 9.3GW already operational, another 4.4GW currently under construction, and a further 20GW of projects in various stages of development (consented, in planning, or pre-planning). There is also another 2.8GW of approved extensions projects, putting the UK on track to deliver over 30GW by 2030. Round 4 of the UK’s offshore wind leasing program will add at least another 7GW, and as much as 8.5GW, with leasing rights to be awarded as early as 2021, leading to projects reaching completion and operation by the end of the decade, “helping to meet UK energy needs for at least 60 years ahead,” according to the Crown Estate.
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