Ofgem appoints Beatrice OFTO front runner

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The UK Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) has appointed Transmission Capital Partners, a consortium comprising INPP (International Public Partnerships Limited), Amber Infrastructure and Transmission Investment as preferred bidder for the offshore transmission assets of the Beatrice offshore wind farm.

It is the ninth such project that Transmission Capital Partners has been appointed to, as preferred bidder.  The company expects to invest up to £60 million, with financial close to occur in 2020.

Before it moves to the next stage, Transmission Capital Partners is required to establish the necessary arrangements to provide offshore transmission services for the project. This includes having all relevant contractual, funding, regulatory and operational arrangements ready for the transfer of transmission assets and the granting of the offshore transmission licence.

Furthermore, it must put in place a bilateral agreement with the holder of a co-ordination licence to provide transmission services for the project, accede to the System Operator Transmission Owner Code and resolve any other matters which the Ofgem determines are necessary in relation to the project.

The £2.6 billion
Beatrice project is owned by SSE Renewables, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Red Rock Power Limited, and was constructed through project company Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited. It was given the green light for construction following Financial Close on 23 May 2016.  The project exported first power in July 2018. The 588 MW project is situated 13 km off the Caithness coast and its 84 Siemens Gamesa SWT-7.0-154 are expected to be capable of generating enough electricity to power approximately 450,000 homes per year.

Each of Beatrice’s turbines, at 188 m from sea level to blade tip, stands taller than the London Eye and the project is the largest offshore wind farm in the world to use jacket foundations. These jackets weigh around 1,000 tonnes each and are installed in water depths of over 56 m.

The transmission assets for
Beatrice have been tendered under the sixth tender round of Ofgem's OFTO (Offshore Transmission Owner) regime. Ofgem and the UK government launched the OFTO regime in 2009 and, since then, winning bidders have so far invested more than £3.3 billion in links and generation assets.

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