26 Jun 2013
Ofgem has announced the four bidders shortlisted for the £311m offshore transmission links to the 389MW West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm.
Balfour Beatty, Macquarie Capital, Mitsubishi and Transmission Capital are in the final bidding stages to own and operate the offshore transmission which is being developed by Dong Energy. The links for West of Duddon Sands is a joint venture between Dong Energy and ScottishPower Renewables and the contract will run over the next 20 years. The contract is being tendered under the second transitional tender round of the OFTO (Offshore Transmission Owner) regime worth £1.4bn of transmission assets and the winner will be announced in spring 2014.
Ofgem will also tender out three wind farms later this year under a new system where wind farm developers will opt to build their own transmission assets or allow the assets to be owned by a third party.