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Turbine installation complete for Dudgeon offshore windfarm

Tue 12 Sep 2017 by Jamey Bergman

Turbine installation complete for Dudgeon offshore windfarm
Dudgeon offshore windfarm’s 67 turbines are up and running

Installation of all 67 turbines contracted for the Dudgeon offshore windfarm off the UK’s east coast is complete.

The windfarm was developed by a joint venture including Statoil, Statkraft and Masdar Clean Energy. Siemens supplied the 6 megawatt turbines.

Statoil technology, projects and drilling executive vice president Margareth Øvrum said “It is wonderful to celebrate that all turbines are fully installed and the offshore operations have been carried out without any serious incidents.

“Efficiency during installations and completion has been excellent, and I am pleased to see that we are now producing.”

The installation was considered complete on 4 September, when A2SEA’s Sea Challenger installed the final turbine.

Sea Challenger master Jack Amtsbiller also lauded the efficiency and safety of the project, but said the seabed conditions were a challenge.

“The soil conditions on Dudgeon have been one of our biggest challenges to date. The soil cannot be compared to any other soil we have been jacking on, so we have gained very useful experience and knowledge from this project, too.”

Statoil executive vice president for new energy Irene Rummelhoff said “Dudgeon offshore windfarm is part of Statoil’s strategy of gradually supplementing our oil and gas portfolio with profitable renewable energy.

“Offshore wind has been a natural place to start, as we can build on our maritime expertise, experience from complex projects and our supplier chain. With Dudgeon in full production Statoil is well on its way to providing more than one million households in Europe with renewable electricity.”

Dudgeon began development in 2012 and is expected to be fully commissioned in February 2018.

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