Shortlist for offshore wind farms link revealed

Four sets of investors are through to a shortlist of bidders to build power links from land to two offshore wind farms. The Westermost Rough and Humber Gateway projects are […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Four sets of investors are through to a shortlist of bidders to build power links from land to two offshore wind farms.

The Westermost Rough and Humber Gateway projects are in the North Sea off the coast of Yorkshire.

There was “strong competition” to own and operate the £400 million worth of high voltage transmission links, regulator Ofgem said yesterday.

The shortlist includes:

– a bidder group from Balfour Beatty Investments and Equitix;

– Blue Transmission Consortium of Singapore’s 3i Investments Plc and Japan’s Mitsubishi
– Mari Energy Transmission, a duo of Australian investment group Macquarie Capital and London investors Frontier Power;
– and Transmission Capital Partners, a bidder group comprising London-based Transmission Capital Partners and London Stock Exchange listed fund International Public Partnerships part of Amber Infrastructure.

Ofgem expects to announce details of the preferred bidders for the Westermost Rough and Humber Gateway in 2015.