ScotWind receives over 70 applications

Crown Estate Scotland has revealed that it received 74 applications in response to its ScotWind offshore wind leasing round. ScotWind included up to 15 areas, which have the potential to host up to 10 GW in capacity.

Initial award of option agreements is expected in January 2022 with those agreements finalised following that.

Developers will then move forward with their detailed plans and start work on various types of activities that can progress their projects. Crown Estate Scotland grants full seabed leases only once developers have all the necessary consents and planning permissions from the Scottish Government and other bodies.

Colin Palmer, Director of Marine for Crown Estate Scotland, said: “The high number of applications from developers shows just how much potential Scotland’s seas hold for the future expansion of offshore wind. There is now a huge amount of work to do in assessing every application thoroughly and fairly so that the strongest projects go through to the next stage in helping to power Scotland’s energy sector towards a net zero future.”

Crown Estate Scotland has now started assessing each application against the criteria laid out to applicants. Option fees will be paid by successful applicants to Crown Estate Scotland in exchange for securing the rights to areas of seabed. The maximum amount payable will be £100,000 per km2 of the seabed.

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