HICL Infrastructure (HICL) has completed the acquisition of the transmission assets associated with the Galloper Windfarm, located off the coast of Suffolk, by Diamond Transmission Partners, a consortium comprising HICL and Diamond Transmission Corporation (a subsidiary of Mitsubishi). The transaction is part of Tender Round 5 of Ofgem’s Offshore Transmission Owner programme. HICL previously announced its status as preferred bidder for the OFTO, alongside Diamond Transmission Corporation Limited, in November 2018. HICL notes that the group’s investment was £13.6m, funded in cash.
Galloper OFTO facilitates have the capacity to power 380k UK homes
HICL says the acquisition ties into its strategy of investing in essential and public core infrastructure, with a strong social purpose. The Galloper OFTO facilitates the transmission of enough renewable energy to power over 380,000 UK homes, contributing to the UK’s transition to a low-carbon economy.
Under the OFTO regime, DTP takes ownership of the operational transmission asset and receives contractual, availability-based revenues over a 20-year period. DTP does not have exposure to construction risk, electricity production or power price risk. RES (Renewable Energy Systems) will provide certain operations and maintenance services for DTP under a long-term subcontract.
HICL Infrastructure was established to be a long term investor in public infrastructure, working with the public sector to deliver high-quality infrastructure projects. Itsis diversified across various sectors, including education, health, and transport infrastructure, both in the UK and overseas. HICL’s assets are predominantly operational, underpinned by long term contractual agreements that deliver annual yield. HICL Infrastructure aims to be cost efficient by having low management fees and operating expenses, and works constantly with clients to find efficiency savings which benefit them. HICL Infrastructure also aims to distribute the majority of underlying investment returns to its and without the accumulation of profits offshore.
HICL: HICL Infrastructure completes Galloper Windfarm deal