Balfour Beatty Equitix Consortium secures license to operate link to Humber Gateway windfarm

7 September 2016 (Last Updated September 7th, 2016 18:30)

Ofgem has granted Balfour Beatty Equitix Consortium (BBEC) with a licence to operate a £160m high-voltage link to the Humber Gateway windfarm for 20 years.

Ofgem has granted Balfour Beatty Equitix Consortium (BBEC) with a licence to operate a £160m high-voltage link to the Humber Gateway windfarm for 20 years.

BBEC is a consortium consisting of Balfour Beatty Investments and Equitix. It was chosen by Ofgem after a tender process, which saw bidders competing to become offshore transmission owners.

"Humber Gateway is the second project tendered under the third tender round, which has delivered £333m of transmission assets in total."

Humber Gateway windfarm is located in the North Sea, around 8km off the coast of Yorkshire. It has 73 wind turbines and a combined installed capacity of 219MW.

E.ON Climate & Renewables UK Humber Wind constructed the transmission assets for the farm.

The windfarm is the second and final project tendered under the third tender round, which has delivered £333m of transmission assets in total.

Ofgem and the Department of Energy and Climate Change set up the OFTO regime in 2009 and since then,  it has attracted almost £3bn in addition to leading to significant savings in the costs of delivering offshore wind.