Dudgeon Offshore Wind Ltd. has awarded the EPC contract for the Submarine Export cable for its Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm to ABB AB.
The contract, the value of which is 33 MGBP, covers the engineering, manufacture and assembly of two 132 kV cables, each one being 42 km [26.25 miles] in length. These cables will run from the wind farm’s offshore substation to Weybourne Hope on the North Norfolk coast where an onshore joint will connect them to the onshore cables.
The engineering work will commence immediately, and this will lead to the commencement of cable fabrication in 2014. The first cable is scheduled for delivery and load-out in 2016.
The execution of the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm project is subject to a final investment decision by its owners in Q3 2014
Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm Asset Manager Bjørn Ivar Bergemo said: "The award of this contract is another milestone in the development of the Dudgeon project. These cables will be amongst the longest offshore cables so far ordered for a UK offshore wind project, and we look now forward to working with ABB over the next years."
The submarine export cable is a long lead item and the contract secures a key delivery to the project representing another important step for Dudgeon. The onshore cables, the inter-array cables and the installation of the cables will be subject to separate tendering due second quarter this year, says facilities project manager Olav-Bernt Haga.
The Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm, which will be located 20 miles off the coast of Cromer in North Norfolk, is expected to have an installed capacity of around 400MW. This equates to enough energy to power up to approximately 400,000 homes and reduces emissions of carbon dioxide by up to 19 million tonnes over its 25 year lifetime, providing 0.5 per cent of the UK’s overall annual electricity needs.
Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm is owned by the two Norwegian companies, Statoil [70%] and Statkraft [30%], with Statoil as the manager for both the construction and the operational phase. Most recently the two companies have worked together to develop and operate the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, the 88 turbine power plant [317MW] which is located 9-17 miles off the coast of Sheringham.
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Issue date: 11-02-14