Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm awards Foundation and Substation Installation contract to Seaway Heavy Lifting.

Dudgeon Offshore Wind has announced that it has awarded the contract for the Substation and Foundation Installation to Seaway Heavy Lifting.

The installation of foundations and substation contract for Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm Project will cover storage, transportation and installation of monopiles, transition pieces, jackets and offshore substation foundation and topside. The monopiles to be installed vary from 60-78 meters in length and 600 – 1000 Mt in weight whereas the maximum topside weight is estimated to 2000 Mt. The installation work will commence between March and May 2016 and be completed in August 2016.

"I’m very pleased that we have been able to enter into this contract with Seaway Heavy Lifting, who successfully performed the foundation and substation installations on Sheringham Shoal. This contract secures a very capable installation vessel and enables us to optimize the foundation and substation designs", says Olav Bernt Haga, Facilities Project Director for Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm.

The execution of the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm project is subject to a final investment decision by its owners in Q3 2014.

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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 410,000 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.

About the owners

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 (70%) and Statkraft (30%). Statoil holds the responsibility as operator 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.

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.

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Morten Eek
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Issue date: 21-03-14