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United Kingdom

Blue Transmission wins Duddon Sands transmission link tender

UK: The Blue Transmission consortium has been licensed to own and operate the transmission link for the 389MW West of Duddon Sands, by regulator Ofgem.

Installation on the West of Duddon Sands' turbines was completed in June
Installation on the West of Duddon Sands' turbines was completed in June

The consortium was chosen by Ofgem to become the offshore transmission owner (OFTO) following a competitive bidding process.

The license was awarded to Blue Transmission over three rival bidders: a Balfour Beatty-Equitix joint venture; John Laing Investments; and Transmission Capital Partners.

According to Ofgem, the value of transmission assets total £296 million (EUR 372 million).

Blue Transmission is a consortium comprising investment groups Macquarie Capital and 3i BIFL, and operator Frontier Power.

It is also the OFTO at the nearby Walney 1 and 2 projects, plus Sheringham Shoal and London Array on the UK's east coast.

The turbine installation at the West of Duddon Sands project, 14 kilometres off the Cumbrian coast, north-west England, was completed last month.

The project, being co-developed by Dong Energy and Scottish Power, uses 108 Siemens 3.6MW turbines and is expected to be fully operational by the end of the year.

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