New UK offshore wind link tender

UK regulator Ofgem has launched a tender for the high-voltage transmission links to the Westermost Rough and Humber Gateway offshore wind farms.

Ofgem said the tender will be worth almost £400m ($666m), with the successful operator for each link receiving a 20-year guaranteed income from the transmission projects off eastern England.

Humber Gateway is being built by E.ON with a 219MW capacity, while Dong’s Westermost Rough will have 210MW.

The process will be the third Offshore Transmission Owner (OFTO) tender round to be run by Ofgem, which said “lessons learned” from previous rounds would be applied in order to make the process quicker and simpler.

The previous Pre-Qualification and Qualification to Tender stages have been merged into into one Enhanced Pre-Qualification (EPQ) stage.

“We have also enhanced the incentives on OFTOs, which will help keep the cost of this transmission investment as low as possible for consumers,” said the regulator.

Ofgem E-Serve managing director Robert Hull said: “The offshore transmission regime has already delivered £1.4bn of new investment into the UK transmission sector."