Equinor has signed agreements for lease with The Crown Estate for two offshore windfarm extensions in the UK
Sheringham Extension and Dudgeon Extension are part of The Crown Estate’s 2017 Offshore Wind Extensions opportunity – which aims to unlock additional capacity in the UK offshore wind portfolio in an efficient way, by extending existing offshore windfarms.
In 2019, both proposals successfully progressed through the plan level Habitats Regulations Assessment stage (HRA), which assesses the possible impact of the proposed windfarm extensions on relevant nature conservation sites of European importance.
Now, both have officially signed a lease agreement, securing an area of seabed of approximately 196 km2 in total.
Equinor is developing plans to extend both sites, doubling the total capacity from its operations there to more than 1.4 GW.
Equinor project manager Kari Hege Mørk said, “The extension projects will make an important contribution to the UK’s decarbonisation goals, along with providing benefits to local communities through local jobs and economic opportunities.
“With good wind conditions, a short distance to shore and a location next to our existing windfarms, the two areas are perfectly suited to build on our offshore wind portfolio. This is a significant milestone as we develop these new windfarms, which will double our capacity for generating offshore wind in Norfolk.”
Although these are two separate offshore windfarm extension projects, Equinor has adopted an approach and is developing the projects jointly to minimise local impacts.
The company will apply for a common Development Consent Order for the extension projects and is consulting on both projects together.