Crown Estate report to help offshore wind farmers drive down transmission costs

The Crown Estate has launched a new study into best practice in offshore transmission for offshore wind farms.

Building on recommendations from the Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Task Force made last year, information gathered from a range of developers, OFTOs (Offshore Transmission Owners), OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) and other stakeholders such as the ORE Catapult will be collated in order to better understand lessons learned to date, and to develop recommendations on how best practice and industry knowledge regarding transmission can be shared more effectively in future.

Martin Simpson, Head of the Crown Estate’s New Energy and Technology team, said: “The UK has one of the best offshore wind resources in the world but how far we can exploit this potential will depend on a range of factors, one of the most important of which is continuing to drive down costs.

“Sharing learning and examples of best practice will allow industry to explore solutions that might make transmission more cost effective, bringing down overall project costs and making investment decisions more attractive. We welcome input from across industry as part of this project.”

Adam Bruce, Chairman, Offshore Wind Programme Board, said: “Cost reduction is crucial to encouraging continued investment in offshore wind and transmission is one of the key areas that can make an important contribution.

“This new study is an important first step in bringing examples of best practice together to help the industry as a whole build an improved knowledge base for more cost effective transmission solutions. I would encourage all those engaged in the sector to get involved.”

The Crown Estate has appointed technical consultant DNV GL to conduct the study with recommendations likely to be presented to the Offshore Wind Programme Board in Spring 2014. An expert panel at the Institution of Engineering and Technology will peer review the findings.

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