Frequently Asked Questions

Many questions related to the construction and operation of the Dudgeon Offshore Wind are answered by the information contained in this website, but a number of additional questions have been raised by stakeholders and members of the community over recent months.

Development of the Project

After Statoil and Stakraft acquired Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited from Warwick Energy Limited in 2012, it was decided that the Necton site, which had the appropriate planning consents from Breckland Council, was the most appropriate location for the substation.

Construction of the wind farm

The construction of the Dudgeon Offshore Wind farm is forecast to cost circa £1.4 billion of which in excess of 50% is anticipated to be spent in the UK supply chain.
Each landowner has been paid an amount [£s] per linear metre of cable which is buried in their land, and the landowners also receive crop loss payments to reflect their inability to farm the cable corridor land whilst construction is taking place.
There is no risk of farmers accidentally ploughing up the underground cables as they are contained in plastic ducting at a depth of 1.4 metres below ground level.
The installation of the onshore cable and the construction of the onshore substation creates construction traffic, but all vehicle movements are subject to a detailed traffic management plan agreed in advance with the Local Authorities. The majority of the components and equipment relating to offshore construction will be transported to site by sea.

Operation of the wind farm

It is forecast that around 70 people will be employed from the O&M base in Great Yarmouth once the wind farm becomes fully operational at the end of 2017. Details of all employment opportunities will be uploaded to this website as they become available.
Those employees working offshore will work and live from a Service Operation Vessel [SOV] based in the wind farm site on a 14 days on/14 days off rota.

Involvement in the local community

Residents should not be worried about environmental impacts on their communities; there are specified environmental conditions relating to visual impact and landscaping, noise emissions and a bio-diversity plan attached to the planning consents related to the construction of the onshore substation.