Double delight for RWE in Round 4

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 08/02/2021 RWE

RWE has been confirmed as the Preferred Bidder for two adjacent offshore wind sites with a total potential capacity of 3,000 MW, as part of the UK Offshore Wind Leasing Round 4 by the Crown Estate. The average price the company was awarded to lease seabed was £82,552 per MW per year, which was the lowest awarded price during the auction.

The awarded sites are in the shallow central area of the North Sea known as Dogger Bank, 110 kilometres from the North East coast of England. The sites are close to RWE’s existing offshore wind development project,
Sofia.

“The UK is one of the key strategic markets to expand our renewables portfolio and to strengthen our position as a leading player in offshore wind worldwide. We are delighted to be confirmed as Preferred Bidder by The Crown Estate. This success creates further momentum to boost our activities in the UK. As RWE we are determined to contribute to delivering the UK’s ambition to grow offshore wind capacity to 40 gigawatts by 2030,"
said Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath, CEO of RWE Renewables
.

Sven Utermöhlen, COO Wind Offshore Global of RWE Renewables, said: “The awarded sites on Dogger Bank are a perfect fit to our UK offshore wind portfolio as they are in the proximity of our existing offshore wind development project Sofia, offering future operational synergies. As next steps, we intend to start development works and preparation for consenting as soon as possible. We look forward to working with The Crown Estate and all other stakeholders to take our new UK offshore wind development projects forward.”


The Crown Estate will now progress with a Plan-Level Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) to assess potential impacts on marine life in the preferred seabed area. Subject to a positive outcome, RWE can secure seabed lease agreements with The Crown Estate, which is to be expected for spring 2022. This will be followed by necessary development and consenting activities in accordance with current UK Government guidelines which will include comprehensive stakeholder consultation. This is followed by participation in Contract for Difference (CfD) auctions, final investment decision and then construction. Depending on the availability of grid connection, the projects could become fully operational at the end of this decade.


RWE is currently constructing the 857 MW offshore wind farm
Triton Knoll off the Lincolnshire coast, which is expected to be fully commissioned in the first quarter of 2022. RWE is also developing the 1.4 GW Sofia offshore wind project on Dogger Bank.

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