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  • World’s largest free stream tidal power project unveiled

    Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure 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.”

    Please follow the link to access the photo/video footage from the event:

    MeyGen Project Video

  • Green light for construction of £2.6bn Beatrice offshore wind farm

    Offshore wind energy, Scotland 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.”

    Further Information 

    Full SSE release

  • World’s largest floating wind farm moves to next stage

    Offshore wind energy, Scotland 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. 

  • London Array offshore wind farm announces record output

    Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure, Offshore wind energy 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).

    London Array

    Offshore wind electricity map

  • Crown Estate specialists address All Energy conference

    Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure, Offshore wind energy, Wave and tidal 06 May 2015

    Crown Estate experts are presenting and contributing at the All Energy conference in Glasgow across a range of topics including the offshore wind industry, wave and tidal and carbon capture and storage.

    Our contributors include Huub den Rooijen, Ronnie Quinn, John Stevenson and Shabana Ahmed.

    All Energy

  • Sponsoring Renewable UK 2015 Wave and Tidal Conference

    Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure, Wave and tidal 20 February 2015

    We are again sponsoring Renewable UK’s Wave and Tidal Conference, held this year in Edinburgh, 25-26 February. 

    Ronnie Quinn, Head of Ocean Energy said: “This is an important engagement event for us, as we continue working with industry and stakeholders to successfully exploit the UK’s significant tidal and wave energy resources.”

    We are chairing a session and also sponsoring a pre-conference workshop on turbulence guidance, updating industry on technology reliability and wear and tear.

    RenewableUK: Free Turbulence Workshop

  • Engaging at Coastal Futures

    Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure, E&I general news, Rural & Coastal, Coastal news 21 January 2015

    We are out in force at Coastal Futures 2015 conference, manning a stand and showcasing some of the recent publications.

    Coastal Futures is an independently run conference bringing together policy makers, regulators and  stakeholders interested in marine and coastal environments. We are often called upon to play an active part in developing the programme and over the years have provided many speakers and chairs.

  • Monthly Energy & Infrastructure Maps and GIS datasets available

    Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure, Offshore wind energy, Wave and tidal 08 January 2015

    As part of our aim to keep stakeholders and industry up to date with the development of offshore renewable energy and infrastructure projects around the UK, the GIS team have made available their monthly update of maps and GIS datasets showing the locations of existing assets and agreements.

    Further information

    Maps and GIS data downloads

  • Windpower Monthly Consenting Conference

    Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure, Offshore wind energy 03 December 2014

    Toby Gethin, Consents Manager, chaired the ‘Consenting Through The Planning Inspectorate Regime’ session at Windpower Monthly’s December consenting conference in London.

    Annie Breaden, Policy & Consents Manager, also addressed the ‘UK Fishermen’s Information Mapping Project (UKFIM) Joint Case study’ session.

    Further information

    Windpower Monthly Offshore Consenting Conference

  • 'Clean Energy from the Sea' reaches awards finals

    Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure, Offshore wind energy, Wave and tidal 18 September 2014

    Our 'Clean Energy from the Sea' offshore renewables education project has been named as a finalist in the Scottish Green Energy Awards 2014.

    Further information

    Scottish Green Energy Awards

    High school students explore careers in marine sectors

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