Earlier this month the Crown Estate revealed five broad ‘Areas of Search’ for the development of floating offshore wind in the Celtic Sea – a region rich in natural resources, including world-class wind resource that can be developed with floating turbines.
It is anticipated that these areas will deliver 4GW of floating offshore wind power by 2035 – kick-starting industry in the region and providing power to almost four million homes. This would also clearly be a major step forward in supporting the UK’s net zero ambitions.
Five broad Areas of Search have been identified and, after further stakeholder engagement and technical analysis, these larger areas will be refined into smaller final Project Development Areas within which the proposed windfarms will be sited. These project development areas will be offered to the market via competitive tender, to be launched in mid-2023.