Crown Estate announces areas of search to support growth of floating wind in the Celtic Sea

The Crown Estate has announced five areas of search for commercial-scale floating offshore wind development in the Celtic Sea. Credit BW Ideol & V.Joncheray

The Crown Estate has announced five areas of search for commercial-scale floating offshore wind development in the Celtic Sea.

In a statement, the company said, “In a major step forward in supporting the UK’s net zero ambitions, The Crown Estate has today identified 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. This marks a significant milestone and provides the foundation on which to build greater capacity in the future, helping the UK to achieve its renewable energy targets and drive economic development.  

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“These areas have been identified following technical analysis and extensive engagement between The Crown Estate, the UK and Welsh governments and key agencies, and specialist stakeholders. Further stakeholder and market feedback will be used to refine the Areas of Search into smaller project development areas, within which the first generation of commercial-scale floating windfarms could be built. These project development areas will be offered to the market via competitive tender, to be launched in mid-2023.”

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The five areas of search announced by the Crown Estate for commercial-scale floating offshore wind development in the Celtic Sea

The announcement of the development has alerted the Cornish Fish Producers Organisation (CFPO) and the Welsh Fishermen’s Association – Cymdeithas Pysgotwyr Cymru (WFA-CPC) to ask their members to get involved in the planning process in order to highlight important fishing traditional fishing areas.

The CFPO said, “The Crown Estate has informed the CFPO that these areas will initially be refined down to 10-15% of the size of the search areas, so it is important we take this opportunity to demonstrate the key areas of importance to the fishing industry. The chance to do this is between now and the end of 2022.

“In response to the announcement, we have arranged a series of industry meetings where The Crown Estate will present the areas of search in more detail and explain how the fishing industry can engage and refine the areas. This will also be an opportunity to ask any immediate questions and suggest who else needs to be involved in the process over the next six months.

“If you believe that you could be affected by development in these areas, we would like to invite you to attend one of the following events:

  • 12th July, Barnstaple 18:00-20:00
  • 13th July, Padstow 18:00-20:00
  • 14th July, Newlyn 12:00-14:00

Please contact the CFPO office for more information. Email [email protected] or phone 01736 351050.”

The WFA-CPC said that Welsh fishermen wanting to learn more from The Crown Estate can contact the association at: [email protected] for further details.

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