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.