Mitsubishi looks for renewable acquisitions

Posted on 02 Sep 2017 and read 732 times
Mitsubishi looks for renewable acquisitionsJapan’s Mitsubishi ( is to acquire power transmission cables for an offshore wind farm in the UK, as it looks to grow its influence in the European renewables market.

The company will pay £180 million for the transmission cables and sub-stations spanning 26km between the 258MW Burbo Bank Extension wind farm and the county of Denbighshire in north Wales. It is set to operate the link for 20 years starting late this year, according to Nikkei News.

More such acquisitions are planned in the UK, which is expected to have 23GW of offshore wind power in operation by 2030 (the European Union’s capacity is set to expand to 66GW over the same period).

Since 2011, Mitsubishi has acquired roughly 900km of offshore power transmission cables at four sites in Germany and four in the UK.

The company is cultivating technology to ensure a stable flow of power to the grid, as well as gaining operational know-how, including how to maintain undersea equipment.

Offshore wind farms are expected to ‘take off’ in Europe, because costs are coming down and there is an abundance of shallow coastal waters.

Mitsubishi operates solar plants in Portugal and France, offshore wind farms in the Netherlands and Belgium, and onshore wind facilities in France.

The company aims to continue tapping into the growing demand for power generation and transmission in Europe, while using its accumulated experience to expand into other markets.

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