Germany plans to buy all or a majority stake in the German unit of Dutch transmission system operator (TSO) TenneT to help efforts to accelerate the country’s energy transition, the Reuters news agency and local media outlets reported.

TenneT is owned by the Dutch state, and is in charge of building several gigawatts of North Sea offshore wind transmission links.

The company together with other TSOs is also building north-south high-voltage direct current (HVDC) links that are vital to transport surplus wind power from Germany’s seas and windy coastal regions to its power-thirsty industrial and population centres – but the construction of those so-called ‘transmission super highways’ has been very slow, delaying the energy transition.