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Ofgem selects preferred bidder for transmission link to 402MW Dudgeon wind farm

Transmission Capital Partners has been selected as the preferred bidder by the UK energy regulator Ofgem to own and operate the transmission link to the 402MW Dudgeon offshore wind farm.

Located 40km off the coast of Norfolk in England, the £1.25bn wind farm has recently been commissioned by the project partners including Norwegian firm Statoil, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company Masdar and Norwegian state-owned utility Statkraft.  

Transmission Capital Partners is a consortium consisting of Transmission Capital Partners Limited Partnership and International Public Partnerships.

Ofgem selected the firm following a tender round for offshore transmission owner of the high-voltage transmission line.

Transmission Capital Partners will own and operate the transmission link to the Dudgeon Offshore wind farm for the next 20 years.

According to Ofgem, the reserved bidder for the project is Diamond Transmission Capital, a consortium of Mitsubishi and HICL Infrastructure for the Dudgeon transmission line.

The Dudgeon transmission assets would cost £377.2m ($502m), based on the developer's estimate, the regulator said. The link is currently owned by Statkraft, Masdar and Statoil.

The Dudgeon project is part of fifth tender round launched by Ofgem for offshore transmission links. 

The tender round also transmission links for the 336MW Galloper, off the East Coast of England; 580MW Race Bank off the Norfolk coast; 400MW Rampion near Sussex; and the 660MW Walney Extension in the Irish Sea.

Featuring Siemens-manufactured 67 turbines, the Dudgeon offshore wind farm will have 1.7TWh of annual production capacity which is sufficient power to cover around 410,000 homes.

The operations center and maintenance base for the Dudgeon offshore wind farm is located in Great Yarmouth.

Image Link: The Dudgeon wind farm is located 40km off the coast of Norfolk in England. Photo: courtesy of Jan Arne Wold – Woldcam/Statoil ASA.