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Mitsubishi enters offshore undersea transmission operation business


Mitsubishi Corp, through its wholly owned special purpose company and its UK based subsidiary, has acquired a 50% share of the Walney 1 offshore transmission assets. The acquisition was made from Macquarie Capital Group Limited (UK Branch), and represents the first time for a Japanese company to be involved in operation of offshore undersea transmission cable business overseas.


Macquarie, following a tender for the license to operate the transmission cable run by Ofgem, the UK energy regulator and which commenced in July 2009, has owned the right to operate the Walney 1 offshore undersea transmission cable together with a Fund managed by Barclays Infrastructure Funds Management. After the transaction between Macquarie and MC, MC and The BIFM Fund now each own 50% of Walney 1.


European governments are pursuing the expansion of renewable energy use to achieve a low carbon society and offshore wind farms play a key measure in this objective. They have been aggressively established across the UK and many projects with a total capacity of about 30GW by 2025 are now in the planning stages. The undersea transmission cable business will contribute towards a low carbon society, by transferring the clean electricity produced by the oversea wind farm in the East Irish Sea to various locations, and further expansion of this transmission operation business is expected to continue, together with the increase in the number of offshore wind farms.K.

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