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Crown Estate strengthens UK’s offshore wind project pipeline with new agreements

CTBR Staff Writer Published 09 March 2016

The Crown Estate has signed agreements with ScottishPower Renewables, Vattenfall and Dong Energy, which have reconfigured or identified new projects within their Round 3 offshore wind development zones.


Zone agreements were awarded in 2009 and the developers are now shifting focus from identifying the best locations for large-scale offshore wind farms to develop and construct the projects.

Dong Energy has reconfigured its Hornsea Zone projects, after acquring the rest of the zone from Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Financial Services in 2015.

There will now be Hornsea Project Two, Hornsea Project Three and Hornsea Project Four after the earlier identified Hornsea Project Three has been divided into two separate developments.

Last month, Dong Energy made the final investment decision for the 1.2GW Hornsea Project One.

ScottishPower Renewables and Vattenfall have completed their joint zone related activities, after both organizations announced to independently take forward projects within the East Anglia Zone in August 2015.

ScottishPower Renewables is engaged in developing the 714 MW East Anglia ONE project, which reached final investment secision in February.

The company is also developing 1.2GW East Anglia Three project, and will develop other two new projects, including East Anglia Two project with 800MW capacity and East Anglia One North project with capacity up to 800MW.

Vattenfall is developing two projects in the northern part of the previous East Anglia zone area, which will have a target capacity of 1.8GW.

Crown Estate energy, minerals and infrastructure director Huub den Rooijen said: "Today's announcements are another important step for the offshore wind sector on its path to becoming a large-scale, affordable and reliable power source.

"With the industry on track to supply 10% of the UK's electricity demand by 2020, these infrastructure projects will contribute to its continued growth into the 2020s."

Image: Crown Estate signed agreements for the development of new projects selected under Round 3 offshore wind development zones. Photo: courtesy of The Crown Estate.