Six to bid for Duddon grid assets

West of Duddon Sands' transmission assets are worth an estimated £311m

West of Duddon Sands' transmission assets are worth an estimated £311m

Six contenders have qualified to bid for the offshore grid linking Dong and ScottishPower's 389MW West of Duddon Sands wind project, including two new players who have not previously competed for UK offshore transmission assets.

To date, all six 20-year licenses awarded to operate offshore links have gone to two players – Transmission Capital Partners and Blue Transmission

That duopoly, as well as the terms offered to bidders, led an influential group of Members of Parliament to last month criticise the Offshore Transmission Owner (OFTO) regime as being uncompetitive and representing poor value for British taxpayers. 

UK energy-market regulator Ofgem seized on the inclusion of two new players – John Laing Investments and Skanska – as evidence that such Log in to read complete article.

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