Dudgeon Offshore Wind chooses Great Yarmouth Port's river harbour for O&M base

Late last year Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited announced that Great Yarmouth was its preferred location for the Operations and Maintenance [O&M] base for the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm, which is to be built 20 miles off the coast of Cromer in North Norfolk.

Dudgeon Offshore Wind Ltd and Great Yarmouth Port Company Ltd have signed an Agreement for Lease giving Dudgeon the right to 1,7 acres of land on South Denes Road, a warehouse on the demise and access to the river harbour quay. The Lease will have an initial period of 25 years and will be exercised after Dudgeon Offshore Wind Ltd has made the financial investment decision.

This site, which will allow for 24 hour/7 day per week operations, will be the Dudgeon base for the operations and maintenance activity during the lifetime of the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm. The base will also be used during the offshore construction activities.

Through a combination of new build and modification of the existing warehouse Dudgeon Offshore Wind will create a purpose-designed operations and maintenance base featuring offices, marine logistic centre and warehouse. The work will be completed in time for the start of electricity generation early 2017.

After signing the agreement, Halfdan Brustad, Chairman of Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited said:

"This location offers Dudgeon the flexibility to use a variety of different vessels and puts Dudgeon in position to use the best of vessels that might be qualified for use in offshore wind in the future.

Eliza O'Toole, Deputy Chair of Great Yarmouth Port , stated that: "We are delighted to welcome Dudgeon Offshore Wind’s team to our Port in recognition of the excellent capabilities of the Port and the contribution it can make towards increased efficiency of operations for the Dudgeon project. As part of the wider port community, the Port offers an experienced one stop shop for the offshore sector in the Southern North Sea and we are proud to have attracted Dudgeon Offshore Wind to our join our ever growing energy hub."

Mr. Brustad continues: "We look forward to being a part of the industry cluster in Great Yarmouth and expect to benefit from the existing industrial competence that has been gained through the involvement in the oil and gas business. Dudgeon will play an active role in the development and industrialisation of the offshore wind industry."

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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 402MW. 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 lifetime, providing 0.5 per cent of the UK's overall annual electricity needs.

For further information please contact:

Morten Eek
Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm project
T:+47 416 89515
E: meek@statoil.com
Nigel Tompkins [the Norfolk contact for media and community enquiries].
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T: 01263 822427
M: 07860 206565
E: nigel@ni4b.co.uk

Issue date: 30-05-14