The Crown Estate will present its work to design a new leasing round, which could begin as early as next year, at an event next month.
The session, on Wednesday 25 July 2018, is targeted at potential leasing process participants – both existing customers and potential newcomers to the market, and will provide The Crown Estate with an opportunity to gather initial feedback from industry.
The event will provide an overview of The Crown Estate’s work over recent months to consider the potential scale, location and nature of any new seabed rights in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Engagement with statutory stakeholders is already underway, and will continue in parallel. Further engagement with the industry and with wider stakeholders will follow later in the year.
To attend, interested parties are invited to register their details via the offshore wind potential new leasing page of The Crown Estate website by 6 July. Those not able to attend can register to be kept updated as plans progress.
Jonny Boston, senior development manager for The Crown Estate, said: “This event, alongside our discussions with statutory stakeholders, represents the next phase of our work to engage with a breadth of parties, as we consider the scale and location of any new leasing rights. It is an opportunity to share our current thinking and to invite feedback from interested developers, as we seek to balance a range of interests on the seabed around England, Wales and Northern Ireland”
If confirmed, a new round of rights could begin in early 2019, maintaining a pipeline of projects through to the late 2020s and beyond, to support both industry and government ambition for additional offshore wind capacity.
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