RWE Renewables and its project partners have secured lease agreements to develop four offshore wind farm extension projects in the UK.

The Crown Estate granted the licences to the projects in the Irish Sea, the southern North Sea, and the English Channel.

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Under the agreement, RWE and its partners will extend the Gwynt y Môr, Galloper, Greater Gabbard and Rampion offshore wind farms.

These have a total installed capacity of approximately 1.8GW. Of this, RWE’s pro-rata share amounts to nearly 900MW.

The Gwynt y Môr extension project will be known as Awel y Môr. This is located off the coast of North Wales in the Irish Sea and has approximately 576MW capacity. RWE holds a 60% share in the project.

In the North Sea, the Galloper extension will take the name Five Estuaries, and have a potential capacity of up to 353MW. RWE will hold a share of 25%.

The Greater Gabbard extension, now known as North Falls, has an agreement for up to 504MW of generation. RWE holds a 50% share in the project, located elsewhere in the southern North Sea.

In the English Channel off the coast of Sussex, the Rampion 2 development has a potential capacity of up to 1.2GW. RWE holds a 50.01% share in the project.

Additionally, the company plans to seek approval for development rights on the further seabed at the original Zone 6 of the existing Rampion project. It would then combine this with the Rampion 2 extension project.

On behalf of its partners, RWE will oversee the development of the Awel y Môr and Five Estuaries offshore wind farms.

RWE and SSE Renewables will develop the North Falls offshore wind farm through a 50:50 joint venture company.

The Rampion 2 project is a joint venture between RWE, a Macquarie-led consortium, and Enbridge. The project will be managed by RWE.

All projects are currently in their initial stages and will begin operations by the end of this decade.

RWE Renewables chief commercial officer Tom Glover said: “RWE looks back on many years of experience in the UK offshore wind industry, working hand-in-hand with the communities where our renewables projects are located.

“I expect the four offshore wind extension projects to bring significant benefits to the UK energy infrastructure and economy. They present a potential multi-billion pound investment and could grow the local supply chain as well as lead to the creation of hundreds of jobs.”