Ofgem open tender for Beatrice windfarm transmission link

Beatrice windfarm achieved first power in July
Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm generates first power

Ofgem said it has opened tender for ownership of the transmision link connecting the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm (BOWF) to shore.

The energy regulator will run a series of tenders to own and operate the Beatrice link to the grid, alongside Hornsea One and the East Anglia windfarms.

Ofgem said the transmission link to the 588 megawatt (MW) Beatrice wind development will go to tender at the end of October.

Jonathan Brearley, executive director for systems and networks at Ofgem, said: “Tendering ownership of links to offshore wind farms has already proven to be a successful way of connecting cleaner electricity generation to the networks at a lower cost for consumers. 7

“It is also a boost for competition as it attracts new players into the energy market. Over the next decade we plan to open up high value onshore grid upgrades to competition so that we continue to drive down network costs for consumers.”

Since Ofgem and Government launched the regime in 2009 winning bidders have so far invested £3 billion in links connecting 4.6GW of offshore wind farms.