Local charities benefit from Dudgeon substation construction

Local charities benefit from Dudgeon substation construction

Local charities benefit from Dudgeon substation construction

On 20th April 2016, the three companies involved in building the on-shore substation for the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm at Necton in Breckland, Norfolk, presented generous donations to six local charities. Representatives from Dereham Cancer Care, Quidenham Children‘s Hospice, Community First Responders, East Anglia Air Ambulance, Necton Village Community Centre and the Fakenham branch of the British Heart Foundation were all present at the event the Community Centre to receive their cheques.

Statoil, the Norwegian company that holds the responsibility for both the construction and operational phases of the wind farm, Siemens, the company building the Dudgeon substation, and North Midlands Construction, which is undertaking the civil works associated with this substation for Siemens, have collaborated to raise funds for the donations.

Dudgeon Asset Manager Adele Os commented: “Health and Safety is a high priority for each of the companies involved, and the money-raising stratagem is based on the companies' ’Safety Observation Scheme‘. It involves each company adding £500 to the communal charity ‘pot’ each month that passes without health and safety issues. In the past six months their Health and Safety records have been so successful that, the ‘pot’ grew to £10,000 which was shared amongst the six charities nominated by the committee of staff and management that administers the fund. We at Dudgeon are very proud of their achievement.”

The short introductions and presentations were followed by a buffet for all those present.

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Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited, which holds the licenses and consents to enable it to construct the Dudgeon offshore wind farm, is owned by two Norwegian companies, Statoil and Statkraft, and Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, Masdar. Statoil holds the responsibility as operator for both the construction and the operational phase.

Statoil is an international energy company with operations in 33 countries. Building on 40 years of experience from oil and gas production on the Norwegian continental shelf, it is committed to accommodating the world's energy needs in a responsible manner, applying technology and creating innovative business solutions. It is headquartered in Stavanger, Norway with approximately 23,000 employees worldwide, and is listed on the New York and Oslo stock exchanges.

Statkraft is Europe's largest generator of renewable energy and is the leading power company in Norway. The company owns, produces and develops hydropower, wind power, gas power and district heating. Statkraft is a major player in European power trading and has 3,600 employees in more than 20 countries.

Masdar is Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company advancing the development, commercialisation and deployment of clean energy technologies and solutions. The company serves as a link between today’s fossil fuel economy and the energy economy of the future. Wholly owned by the Mubadala Development Company PJSC, the strategic investment company of the Government of Abu Dhabi, Masdar is dedicated to the Emirate’s long-term vision for the future of energy and water.

For further information please contact:

Nigel Tompkins [the Norfolk contact for media and community enquiries].
New Ideas for Business
T: 01263 822427
M: 07860 206565
E: nigel@ni4b.co.uk
Elin Isaksen
Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm project
T:+47 480 91193
E: media@dudgeonoffshorewind.co.uk

Issue date: 06-05-16