News 28 March 2017
A new study into the UK’s offshore wind resource has revealed that variability in wind speeds is significantly lower than previously understood.
The Crown Estate appoints Hogan Lovells and Bond Dickinson to advise its Energy, Minerals and Infrastructure portfolio
News 27 February 2017
We have awarded the legal mandate for our Energy, Minerals and Infrastructure portfolio to Hogan Lovells International LLP and Bond Dickinson LLP.
News 08 February 2017
The Crown Estate has received a request from Vattenfall to explore the award of rights for an extension to its 300MW Thanet Offshore Wind Farm.
News 19 December 2016
Over 500 new surveys have been added to The Crown Estate's Marine Data Exchange since 2015, delivering a 22% increase in total available data.
World’s largest free stream tidal power project unveiled
Local focus 12 September 2016
The world’s largest free stream tidal power project, MeyGen, was officially unveiled today at a ceremony with Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, at the Nigg Energy Park in Scotland.
MeyGen is being developed by Atlantis Resources, and is on track to deliver the first power to the grid from MeyGen Phase1A later this year, which will be a landmark event for the global marine power industry. When completed, the MeyGen project will consist of 269 turbines and generate enough energy to power 175,000 UK homes.
Ronnie Quinn, General Manager of The Crown Estate’s Scotland Portfolio, said:
“The installation of the MeyGen turbines is a hugely significant milestone for the project and for the sector as a whole. The Crown Estate has been working with Atlantis Resources over a number of years, providing specialist support on seabed leasing and investing nearly £10 million in the project to help unlock Scotland’s tidal energy potential. With the deployment of these turbines in a commercial array, a world first, Scotland and the UK remain at the forefront of this industry.”
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News 16 August 2016
We have welcomed the decision of the Secretary of State for Energy to grant development consent for the Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm, located 89 kilometres off the Yorkshire coast.
Green light for construction of £2.6bn Beatrice offshore wind farm
Local focus 23 May 2016
The £2.6bn Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) project has been given the green light for construction by owners SSE (40%), Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) (35%) and SDIC Power (25%) after the project reached Financial Close. The project will be one of the largest private investments ever made in Scottish infrastructure.
Ronnie Quinn, General Manager of The Crown Estate’s Scotland Portfolio said: “It’s incredibly exciting to see this project given the final go ahead. Any offshore wind farm of this scale is a very complex development - putting the finance and final lease in place for Beatrice is a huge achievement that will result in investment and jobs at a local, regional and national level. We look forward to continuing to support the team.”
World’s largest floating wind farm moves to next stage
Local focus 16 May 2016
A floating wind farm to be located off Scotland’s east coast at Buchan Deep, some 25 kilometres from Peterhead, is one step closer to becoming reality following The Crown Estate granting a lease to Statoil that will enable construction to commence.
The project - set to be the world’s largest floating wind farm - consists of five 6MW turbines which will be deployed in deeper water than any previous offshore wind turbines around the coast of the UK.
The Crown Estate manages leasing of the seabed. The business’s team uses in-depth knowledge of the offshore renewables sector - covering planning and consenting, finance & commercial, environmental and legal issues - to actively manage the seabed to ensure it is sustainably developed and enjoyed to deliver best value over the long-term.
News 08 March 2016
The Crown Estate has announced agreements with offshore wind developers ScottishPower Renewables, Vattenfall and DONG Energy, which have reconfigured or identified new projects within their respective Round 3 offshore wind development zones.
London Array offshore wind farm announces record output
Local focus 08 January 2016
London Array have announced a new record for the amount of clean electricity produced by an offshore wind farm in a single calendar month.
In December 2015 the renewable energy project generated 369,000 MWh of electricity. The capacity factor for the month was 78.9 per cent. Net overall output for the year was around 2,500,000 MWh, enough to meet the needs of more than 600,000 UK households (based on an average annual household consumption of 4,115 kWh).