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The UK Government greenlights six offshore wind projects totalling 8 GW

The United Kingdom’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has greenlighted six fixed-foundation offshore wind projects totalling 8 GW to enter agreements for lease with the Crown Estate.

The six projects include BP and EnBW's 3 GW Morgan and Mona complex in the Irish Sea, RWE Renewables' 3 GW site off the east coast of England (Dogger Bank) and Macquarie’s 1.5 GW Lincolnshire project. Developers secured the leases in the February 2021 Round 4 auction. In April 2022, following the completion of a Habitats Regulations Assessment, the Crown Estate gave notice to the UK and Welsh Governments of its intent to proceed with the Offshore Wind Leasing Round 4 plan on the basis of a “derogation”.

Additionally, renewable energy infrastructure company Cerulean Winds has revealed it will bid for four seabed lease sites with a combined capacity of 6 GW (4 x 1.5 GW) of floating wind to decarbonise the UK’s oil and gas sector under Crown Estate Scotland’s Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas (INTOG) leasing round, which will take place in August 2022.

In April 2022, the UK launched the British Energy Security Strategy, which increased the national offshore wind target from 40 GW to 50 GW by 2030, including 5 GW for floating projects. In 2021, offshore wind represented about 13% of the UK’s total installed capacity with 13 GW.

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