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”.
On behalf of Sheringham Shoal Extension and Dudgeon Extension partnerships, Equinor has taken the decision to extend the preapplication period for the Sheringham Shoal and Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm Extension Projects (SEP and DEP) to allow time to undertake additional analysis and further develop proposals.
Equinor, operator of Dudgeon offshore wind farm, has presented those aboard the ESVAGT Njord vessel with a Safety Award, to honour their life-saving actions in the rescue of seven fishermen.
Today, 29 April 2021, marks the start of the phase two community consultation and the publication of the Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR) for the Sheringham Shoal and Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm Extension Projects (SEP and DEP).