Windfarm Update: Dudgeon
In August Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited, a joint venture of Statoil and Statkraft, announced it had awarded a contract to Siemens for the supply of 67 turbines for their 402MW Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm. Siemens will be providing their SWT-6.0-1 54 6MW turbine.
This was soon after followed by thecontract for the grid connection. Siemens will be responsible for the entire transmission system including both the onshore substation and the offshore substation. It is the 10th AC connection project for Siemens. The 42km 132kV export cables and the inter array cables will be installed by VBMS. The grid connection is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.
Foundation construction is expected to start between March and May 2016. The monopile foundations are manufactured by Dutch Sif Group and installed by Seaway Heavy Lifting's Oleg Strashnov. This is followed by turbine installation activities at the start of 2017, with the first electricity feeding to the national grid in the first half of 2017.
Upon completion Dudgeon could provide enough energy to power up to 410,000 households annually. Siemens will also be responsible for the operation S maintenance of the wind farm for the first 5 years following commissioning. Great Yarmouth will be the main base for both construction and OSM activities. Dudgeon will be located 32km off Cromer in North Norfolk, in an area covering 35km2 in water depths between 18 and 25m.