The British Crown Estate, national land owned by the state, has updated developers on the design of upcoming tender process of seabed leasing for floating wind energy in the Celtic Sea, south of Wales.

When ready, the Celtic Sea regeneration will produce 4 Gigawatts (GW) of power for the UK, Renewables Now reported.

The Crown Estate in July published five “areas of search,” which have now been replaced with five smaller areas within Areas 2, 3 and 4. Over the next months, these will be further refined into potential project development areas.

The update will enable potential developers to form consortia and prepare for the tender, to launch in mid-2023.

It will be the first tender of seabed rights for floating offshore wind off England and Wales.

The Crown Estate, which oversees seabed leasing, has published ‘Refined Areas of Search’ which are smaller areas of seabed within which projects may be located in the future. The original Areas 1 and 5 have been removed from current consideration, while five smaller areas have been identified within Areas 2, 3 and 4, after engagement with multiple stakeholders, said the agency.