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The Crown Estate awards leases for four UK offshore wind demonstration projects

5 Aug 2010

The Crown Estate has provided leases for four medium-scale offshore wind demonstration sites to developers Dong Energy, National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec), 2-B Energy and a subsidiary of Vattenfall.

The awards follow an application process conducted in response to the UK offshore wind industry’s need to demonstrate new offshore technologies, the UK organisation said.

The demonstration projects will address the technical and cost challenges of offshore and deepwater construction, it added.

Dong Energy was awarded a lease for the Gunfleet Sands extension to test up to two next-generation offshore wind turbines through its subsidiary Dong Energy Gunfleet Sands Demo.

Narec secured a lease to a 100MW grid-connected site, the Blyth Offshore Wind Demonstration site, to demonstrate and test up to 20 next-generation offshore wind turbines and associated infrastructure.

Majority-owned Vattenfall subsidiary Aberdeen Offshore Wind and 2-B Energy were granted exclusivity agreements for respective sites in Scotland.

2-B Energy will demonstrate two offshore wind turbines at the Methil offshore wind farm in Scotland.

Aberdeen Offshore Wind, which is quarter-owned by Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, will test and demonstrate up to 11 next-generation offshore wind turbines and additional offshore technology in Aberdeen Bay.

The agreements enable the companies to take their proposals through the planning and consenting phases, The Crown Estate said.

Exclusivity agreements have been used in Scotland to allow companies to begin initial survey and consultation processes for their sites while the Scottish government conducts a Strategic Environmental Assessment for offshore wind within Scottish territorial waters.

Rob Hastings, director of marine estates at The Crown Estate, said, ‘Technical innovation is essential to cutting offshore wind costs. Awarding the four demonstration sites supports the growing UK offshore wind industry’s efforts to demonstrate new offshore wind turbines and other technologies in the marine environment.’

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