WoDS Transmission is owned by Macquarie and 3i Infrastructure. It won the bid to own and operate the link for the next 20 years. WoDS offshore wind farm, located in the East Irish Sea approximately 14km off Walney Island, Cumbria, comprises 108 turbines with an installed capacity of 389MW.
WoDS becomes the fourth and final offshore transmission owner (OFTO) project to reach financial close and licence grant in tender round two of the regime. The second tender round has delivered £1.4bn of transmission assets, connecting 1.9GW of offshore wind.
Ofgem chief executive Dermot Nolan said: “With the licence granted for West of Duddon Sands, the OFTO regime has attracted over £2.5bn of new investment into the UK transmission sector to date. The regulatory frameworks devised by Ofgem are key to attracting the new investment needed to extend grid networks to connect renewable energy projects, and to enable planned interconnectors with European partners to be built. This model is helping drive down costs for consumers.”