FLOATING OFFSHORE WIND IN THE CELTIC SEA

The Crown Estate has announced five areas of search for commercial-scale floating offshore wind development in the Celtic Sea.

The map below shows the five areas of search. The Crown Estate has informed the CFPO that these areas will initially be refined down to 10-15% of the size of the search areas, so it is important we take this opportunity to demonstrate the key areas of importance to the fishing industry. The chance to do this is between now and the end of 2022.

In response to the announcement, we have arranged a series of industry meetings where The Crown Estate will present the areas of search in more detail and explain how the fishing industry can engage and refine the areas. This will also be an opportunity to ask any immediate questions and suggest who else needs to be involved in the process over the next six months.

If you believe that you could be affected by development in these areas we would like to invite you to attend one of the following events:

  • 12th July, Barnstaple 18:00-20:00
  • 13th July, Padstow 18:00-20:00
  • 14th July, Newlyn 12:00-14:00

Please contact the CFPO office for more information. Email chris@cfpo.org.uk or phone 01736 351050.

MAP OF SEARCH AREAS

THE CROWN ESTATE’S OFFSHORE WIND VISION

 

Floating offshore wind represents the next step in the UK’s ambitions to reach net-zero by 2050 and The Crown Estate has identified the Celtic Sea as a key piece of this puzzle.

The Crown Estate has published its plans for floating wind in the Celtic Sea, identifying five broad ‘Areas of Search’ (see map above), which are intended to deliver 4GW of power by 2035, and potentially another 20GW by 2045.

The Crown Estate has already begun ongoing stakeholder engagement, by inviting views of their plan and the potential positive and negative impacts on the supply chain, fishing industry, ports, and energy grid.

There have been concerns raised around the potential displacement of fishing activity by floating offshore wind, especially vessels fishing species such as crab and lobster that are concentrated in small geographical areas. Concerns have also been raised about fishing safety, and the potential of floating offshore wind and associated infrastructure interfering with fishing equipment.

The Crown Estate will soon begin searching for potential sites for new wind farms but ahead of any site decisions, they are visiting Cornwall and are keen to build positive relationships with the industry and coastal communities, in order to minimise potential impacts on the fishing industry.

Learn more about offshore wind farms via The Crown Estate website, and contact the CFPO office to find out how you can get involved and influence the final locations of these sites.

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