Equinor has been awarded an Agreement for Lease by the Crown Estate, the intention being to seek consents to increase the generating capacity of both the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm and the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm.

Equinor is the operator of both these offshore wind farms which are located in the waters of the Greater Wash off the coast of Norfolk, UK.

Dudgeon was fully commissioned in 2017 and has an installed capability of 402MW from its 67 wind turbine generators (6MW) while Sheringham Shoal, completed in 2012, has an installed capacity of 317MW of electricity from its 88 wind turbine generators (3.6MW).

The Agreement for Lease provides separate rights for each offshore wind farm to develop its own extension. Equinor is looking at both separate and common development opportunities.

Equinor is proposing a joint development of the two projects with a common transmission infrastructure.

An agreement has been signed for a common connection point to the National Grid network at Norwich main substation, south of Norwich.

These extension projects will have a combined generating capacity of 719MW which will make an important contribution to the UK’s target of 30GW of electricity generated by offshore wind by 2030.

Dudgeon Windfarm offshore site location map

Image courtesy of Jan Arne Wold