Update on offshore transmission tendering regime

Ofgem/DTI consultation (107 pages, PDF) on the tendering system to be used to licence offshore electricity transmission networks.

Ofgem would run a tender process for networks to serve each offshore power generation project. The tender would be run annually to encourage co-ordination between power station developers in determining their transmission requirements. As this is a service concession the procedural requirements for public procurement would not apply.

The discussion of award criteria for the tender process is limited to:

4.25. Evaluation criteria would be developed prior to the issue of ITTs in order that all bidders are treated equitably once solutions were received. It will be essential that the market has a clear understanding of the scope and performance requirements against which to bid. Tenders would be evaluated against the financial, legal and technical criteria set out in the ITT. We are currently considering whether these criteria and the weighting between them may vary between different competitions to reflect the priorities and preferences of [offshore power station] developers.

Responses by Wednesday 5 September 2007.

For further information or advice please contact Franck Latrémolière.

Filed under DTI/BERR, Electricity, Ofgem.

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