Morecambe Offshore Windfarm Generation Assets

Project information

About the project

Type of application: Generating Stations

Name of applicant: Morecambe Offshore Windfarm Ltd.

The Generation Assets of the Morecambe Offshore Windfarm, including fixed foundation wind turbine generators, inter-array cables, offshore substation platform(s) and possible platform link cables to connect offshore substations. The offshore windfarm site is located in the eastern Irish Sea, in water depths of 18-40m. The windfarm has an expected nominal capacity of 480MW. The offshore windfarm site is situated in the vicinity of the South Morecambe Gas Fields (which are currently expected to cease production around 2027 (+/-2 years)). An important factor in the windfarm site’s selection was the potential for the project to be the first windfarm to fully co-exist with oil and gas operations on previously developed seabed. The offshore windfarm site was selected as part of The Crown Estate’s Offshore Wind Leasing Round 4. Several operational windfarms are located near the site. Two larger Round 4 offshore windfarms are also planned to the west of the site. The Morecambe offshore windfarm t will help achieve the UK Government’s commitment to net zero by 2050 and tackle the climate emergency by producing electricity from renewable energy.

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Project stage

This project is at the pre-application stage.

The application is expected to be submitted May 2024.

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This is when the applicant sends us their application documents. We check if we can accept the application for examination. We have 28 days to make this decision.

How the acceptance stage works and what happens next.
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The applicant must publish that the application has been accepted by us. They include when and how parties can register to get involved. The time period for registering is set by the applicant but must be no less than 28 days.

The pre-examination stage usually takes about 3 months.

What happens during the pre-examination stage.
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The Examining Authority will ask questions about the proposed development. The applicant and anyone who has registered to have their say can get involved and submit comments at each deadline in the timetable. You can also attend hearings that may take place. This stage takes up to 6 months.

What happens at the examination stage?
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The Examining Authority writes its recommendation report. This must be completed and sent to the relevant Secretary of State within 3 months of the end of examination stage.

Making a recommendation.
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The decision stage is when the relevant Secretary of State then reviews the report and makes the final decision. They have 3 months to make a decision.

Who makes the final decision.
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What happens after the decision is made

Once the Secretary of State has made a decision, there is a 6 week period where people can challenge the decision in the high court. This is called a judicial review.

What you can do after the decision has been made.
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Project location

Irish Sea, approximately 30km from the Lancashire coast.

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