Sedgefield-based energy industry software specialist Quorum Development has been appointed by Statoil to provide software to enable the 402MW Dudgeon offshore wind farm and the 30MW Hywind Scotland Hywind Scotland Pilot Park to interface with National Grid and participate in the GB energy market.
The software provided by Quorum will allow Statoil to engage with National Grid and to monitor its activity within the GB electricity market through its EDT and EDL interfaces, with further enhancements to meet the requirements heralded by the introduction of the new Electricity Balancing System in 2017.
Commenting on the appointment, Quorum’s Commercial Director John Sherban said: “We are delighted to have been selected by Statoil and to see continued growth in the number of companies adopting our Sentinel products. We are looking forward to implementing the system at both Dudgeon and Hywind, the world’s first floating offshore wind farm.”
On schedule to begin commercial operations by the second half of 2017, Dudgeon will deliver annual production of 1.7 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity, the combined output of 67 wind turbines. The last foundation at the site was installed on 3 August.
Statoil will install Hywind Scotland’s five 6MW Diemens wind turbines on floating structures at Buchan Deep, 25 km offshore Peterhead, harnessing Scottish wind resources to provide renewable energy to the mainland. The wind farm is projected to power around 20,000 households, and the production start is expected in late 2017.