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 430,000 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”.
Extensions to existing Sheringham Shoal and Dudgeon offshore wind farms are confirmed by UK Energy Minister as one of the ‘Pathfinder’ projects to deliver early benefits on better coordinated offshore transmission systems.
The Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm has announced that its Community Fund has opened for grant applications for STEM programme (science, technology, engineering and maths) projects to be delivered in the 2022/23 academic year.
Equinor is hosting a series of Public Information Days on the week commencing 7th March 2022. These events will allow local stakeholders to learn more about the extension projects, provide an opportunity to ask questions to the project team, and for the project team to understand local concerns.