More offshore wind on the way

The Crown Estate has awarded offshore windfarm developers the right to extend seven existing and planned projects

The announcement, on Tuesday, should lead to an extra 2 gigawatts of peak capacity wind power being built by 2016.

The projects include a 234 megawatt extension to DONG Energy’s Burbo Bank windfarm in Liverpool Bay (see table). The existing windfarm has a peak capacity of just 90MW.

The developers will also need to obtain planning consent for the extensions.

The Crown Estate has now awarded licences to develop 49GW of peak capacity wind in UK waters (ENDS Report 420, p 64).

The UK renewable energy strategy says 14GW of this needs to be operational by 2020 to meet targets under the EU renewable energy directive (ENDS Report 402, pp 38-39), although trade body RenewableUK says 22.4GW is needed.

The UK already has just over 1GW of offshore wind operational, with a further 1.4GW under construction and 2.7GW with planning consent.

Extensions to offshore wind projects

Developer Project Extension (MW)
Centrica Race Bank, Greater Wash 80
DONG Burbo Bank, Liverpool Bay 234
DONG Walney, Cumbria 750
Scottish & Southern Energy/RWE Npower Greater Gabbarb, Norfolk 504
Vattenfall Kentish Flats, Whitstable 51
Vattenfall Thanet, Thames Estuary 147
Vattenfall Warwick Dudgeon, Greater Wash 260

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