Mitsubishi acquires 49% in offshore transmission projects

GERMANY: Mitsubishi has acquired a 49% stake in two German offshore connection projects from TenneT for €240 million.

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The two projects are BorWin1 and BorWin2, which will connect around 1.2GW of offshore projects including the Veja Mate and Global Tech 1 wind farms with a combined capacity of 800MW and located 125km north-west of the island of Borkum.

TenneT will continue to own a majority share and operate the connections.

Mel Kroon, CEO of TenneT, said: "Currently we are working on nine projects to connect wind farms in the German North Sea. These projects total to 5GW of renewable electricity, enough energy to supply 5 million households."

The investment follows the launch late-2011 of Mitsubishi's first offshore turbine, a 7MW direct drive machine.

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