The Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm is located between 32km off the coast of the seaside town of Cromer in North Norfolk. Since its completion in late 2017, this 402MW offshore wind farm has been producing enough green, clean energy to power more than 410,000 UK homes from its 67 6MW wind turbine generators.
Through the joint venture company Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited, the wind farm is owned by Equinor, Masdar and China Resources (Holdings), and Equinor is its operator having developed the £1.4b power plant between 2012 and 2017.
The Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm currently is the wind farm furthest away from the UK’s shoreline, Dudgeons development and operations have involved Equinor’s innovative New Energy Solutions unit implementing innovative technologies and devising new working methodology.
One example is the use of the ESVAGT Njord service offshore vessel (SOV) to access the 67 offshore turbines and the offshore substation; this is a ‘first’ in the UK offshore wind industry, and one which will be watched with considerable interest by developers of the UK wind farms scheduled for construction in the early 2020’s.
As a company, Equinor’s skill-set has been shaped by years of operating in the hostile offshore conditions that come hand in hand with the hydrocarbon industry. There are now opportunities to harness that skill set and transfer it to the offshore renewables industry.
It really is “technology in transition”.
The owners of the Dudgeon wind farm, Equinor, Masdar and China Resources Group have announced the signing of a hybrid refinancing that includes approximately GBP561 million of commercial bank debt and GBP706 million of senior secured notes privately placed with institutional investors, finally maturing in 2032. Both tranches have been oversubscribed, underpinning strong investor interest. The A- (EXP) rating by Fitch reflects efficient operations and robust asset performance..
12 November 2018: Dudgeon Community Fund opens for 2019 STEM education grant applications
The Dudgeon Community Fund is now inviting applications for grants from organisations wishing to deliver STEM education initiatives to secondary school pupils across Great Yarmouth, North Norfolk and Breckland during 2019.
A grant from the Dudgeon Community Fund will enable Reepham High School to make greater use of its Observatory, supporting student STEM studies and enabling the local community to gain a greater understanding of the night sky in a county that is famed for its ‘big skies’.