RWE, Total, BP, Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios, Flotation Energy got UK wind leasing auction
Topics: RWE TOTAL BP COBRA INSTALACIONES Y SERVICIOS FLOTATION ENERGY UK
The six Round 4 projects together represent just under 8 GW of potential new offshore wind capacity with the opportunity to deliver clean electricity for more than seven million homes and create employment opportunities across the country.
The projects have been selected through a competitive seabed tender process and will now progress to environmental assessment known as a Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA).
Round 4 projects will now progress to the next stage of the process known as a Plan-Level HRA.
This process assesses the potential impacts of Round 4 on the UK national network of protected areas covering its most valuable species and habitats.
It is a legal requirement, which must be completed before The Crown Estate can award seabed rights and is an important step in helping to preserve the UK’s precious marine environment.
The HRA process is expected to conclude in Spring 2022.
Subject to the outcome, developers would then be granted an Agreement for Lease by The Crown Estate and be able to progress projects through the planning process, in which stakeholders and local communities will have an opportunity to participate.
The projects could begin to generate clean electricity by the end of the decade. ■