Five Estuaries is the proposed extension to the existing £1.5 billion, 353MW Galloper Offshore Wind Farm located in the southern North Sea.
In February 2017, The Crown Estate launched an opportunity for existing wind farms to apply for project extensions. This opportunity closed in May 2018, with eight project applications received UK-wide including Galloper. In August 2019, The Crown Estate announced the conclusion of the Habitats Regulation Assessment, confirming that seven of the eight extension application projects, representing a total generating capacity of 2.85GW, would progress to the award of development rights. This included the Galloper Wind Farm Extension which was named Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm.
Five Estuaries is currently in the development phase. A first stage of consultation was held in summer 2022 and further consultation is anticipated in early 2023, with the view to submit an application for a Development Consent Order in late 2023.
If consented, once built the wind farm would generate much needed energy to support the Government’s British Energy Security Strategy targets of 50GW offshore wind installed by 2030. Delivering enough secure, affordable and sustainable energy to power every household in the UK.