The Crown Estate has kick-started the search for a developer to take forward the 99 MW Blyth offshore wind demonstration project in the U.K.
The Crown Estate, which has responsibility for renewable energy development in U.K. waters, says the National Renewable Energy Centre brought the site through to planning consent in November 2013.
Now, The Crown Estate is seeking expressions of interest from developers capable of delivering an operational project by 2016/17, and it plans to run a tender process once the level of market interest has been established.
‘With consent already granted, this project represents a fantastic opportunity for industry to invest in developing new technologies which will ultimately contribute toward growth in the sector by unlocking new areas of resource and driving costs down,’ says The Crown Estate's Adrian Fox. ‘We are keen to see development at Blyth come forward at the earliest possible opportunity, and offering the project to the market will mean developers with the necessary resources now have the chance to access the most advanced demonstration site in U.K. waters.’