Monthly Archives: February 2013

Six go down to the wire

The longlist for the £311m high-voltage transmission link for the UK’s  offshore wind farm West of Duddon Sands has been announced.

The six firms that have qualified for Ofgem’s E-Serve tender stage are:

Balfour Beatty Equitix Consortium (a bidder group comprising Balfour Beatty Investment Ltd and Equitix Ltd)

Blue Transmission (a bidder group comprising Macquarie Capital Group Ltd, Barclays Infrastructure Funds Management Ltd, Mitsubishi Corporation and Frontier Power Ltd)

John Laing Investments Ltd

National Grid Offshore Ltd

Skanska (a bidder group comprising Skanska Construction UK Ltd and Skanska Infrastructure Investment UK Ltd)

Transmission Capital Partners (a bidder group comprising Transmission Capital Partners Limited Partnership and International Public Partnerships Ltd)

Ofgem E-Serve’s Managing Director, Robert Hull said: ”The strong interest in competing for the West of Duddon Sands transmission assets is further proof that the offshore regime is successfully encouraging investment, attracting new players and ensuring competition in the offshore transmission sector.”

The winning bidder will own and operate the link for the next 20 years.



Published tender: Novosibirsk Airport complex renovation

An open competition for the development of project documentation for the project: “Reconstruction of the airport complex” Tolmachevo “(Novosibirsk)”

The initial (maximum) contract price 195 965 483.70 Russian Rubles
Deadline 27 March 2013

Further information:


About Novosibirsk; Novosibirsk is the third most populous city in Russia after Moscow and St. Petersburg and the most populous city in Asian Russia, with a population of 1,473,754

Written By infra2013 
February 21, 2013 14:03 pm
Posted In Aviation

Plans announced for high-speed rail link between Singapore and Malaysia

The 300km (190 miles) link due for completion in 2020 would reduce travel time between Singapore and the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, from 6 hours to 90 minutes.

The project will be built by private companies. A joint committee would start looking at the details, a joint statement said. “ The rail link was a “strategic development in bilateral relations that will dramatically improve” connectivity.”

Written By infra2013 
February 21, 2013 11:33 am
Posted In High Speed Rail

Finance package unveiled for London Battersea Tube link

Wandsworth Council is set to agree to an innovative financing package for an extension of the Northern Line to Battersea.

The proposal, which has been worked up over the past year between Wandsworth and Lambeth Councils, the GLA and HM Treasury,  would use Enterprise Zone legislation to capture local business rates revenue and channel it into the delivery of this major infrastructure project.

This is the first time such a scheme has been brought forward in England and could set a new blueprint for financing growth and job creating transport schemes.

The proposal involves the GLA borrowing up to £1bn to pay for the Tube extension, with a repayment guarantee provided by the UK Government to minimise borrowing costs.

Loan repayments would be made through two revenue streams:

1)            Contributions from local developers collected by the local authorises under the section 106 and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) regimes.

2)            The growth in business rates revenue within a new ‘Nine Elms Enterprise Zone’ which would include the regeneration area’s key development sites. The zone would stay in operation for at least 25 years.

A map showing the proposed areas of Wandsworth and Lambeth included in the zone can be viewed at:

Over time these funding sources are expected to cover the complete repayment of the loan.

Enterprise Zones usually offer incoming businesses a discount on their rates bills to stimulate growth and investment. In this proposal, it would be used purely as a mechanism to fund the Northern Line Extension. There would be no changes to planning powers within the zone, which would remain under the control of the local authorities.

The financing package would need to be agreed by Wandsworth Council, Lambeth Council and Transport for London before it can included in an application to build the scheme under the Transport and Works Act. TfL plans to submit this application by the end of April and the three authorities will decide whether to approve the plans before then.