Dudgeon offshore wind farm opens today

Today the owners of Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm will officially open the 402MW wind farm built off the coast of Norfolk, the UK.

Great Yarmouth, 22 November 2017: The opening of the offshore wind farm takes place in the afternoon at an official ceremony in Great Yarmouth’s Town Hall. The CEOs of the three owners Statoil, Masdar and Statkraft will be supported by Elnar Remi Holmen, State Secretary at the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy; Mohammed Sharaf, UAE Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for Economic and Trade Affairs; Campbell Keir, Director for Energy, Department of International Trade; Hugo Robson, Chief Negotiator at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS); and Kerry Robinson-Payne, Mayor of Great Yarmouth.

The opening takes place 3.5 years after the investment decision was made, and only a year and a half after marine installations started. After the successful installation of the first 6MW wind turbine in early January 2017, all 67 Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm wind turbines are now delivering electricity to the UK grid, providing clean, renewable energy to around 410,000 British homes.

The Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm Operations Centre in Great Yarmouth is fully prepared for the operational phase. The operations centre accommodates offices and a dedicated 24/7 control room to manage the operations and maintenance of the wind farm. More than 70 people are working full time between the onshore base and the offshore site.

The wind farm is owned by Statoil 35%, Masdar 35% and Statkraft 30%. Statoil was the operator during the construction phase and will remain operator during the wind farm’s 25 year operational lifetime.

“As part of our strategy to develop from an oil and gas company to a broad energy major, Statoil will grow significantly in renewable energy, with an ambition to invest around £9.5 billion over the next few years. Dudgeon is a key part of this strategy to complement our oil and gas portfolio with profitable renewable energy solutions, as well as building upon Statoil’s already strong UK presence,” says CEO of Statoil Eldar Sætre.

“Today marks the completion of a three-year journey to deliver our third wind power project in the United Kingdom, but only the latest step in our collaboration with Statoil and Statkraft,” said Mohamed Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar. “We’re proud to have played a significant role in the delivery of Dudgeon, both on the operations side and in terms of financing. The teamwork among our three companies has been exceptional, a key factor in the successful delivery of this flagship wind energy project.”

“Dudgeon also makes an important contribution to the UK’s renewable energy strategy and represents continued progress in the deployment of commercially viable clean technology,” added Al Ramahi. “The support of the British government has been critical to the success of Dudgeon; at Masdar, we are eager to build on our presence in the UK renewables sector, working with our partners.”

“The way that the Dudgeon project has been delivered embodies the strengths and culture of the companies involved, Statoil, Masdar and Statkraft. It has required significant technical innovation, has been delivered through an excellent relationship with local stakeholders and suppliers. In addition, the development of Dudgeon has stimulated local jobs and economic growth for the East Anglia region. And the project itself has been delivered on time, below budget, and most importantly with an excellent safety record,” says Statkraft’s President and CEO Christian Rynning-Tønnesen.

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For more information, please contact:

Elin A Isaksen
Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm Project
T: +47 480 91193
E: media@dudgeonoffshorewind.co.uk

Issue date: 22-11-17