Dudgeon Community Fund makes first grants

Three organisations based in Necton, Nr Swaffham in the Breckland district of Norfolk have recently received grants from the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm Community Fund.

The aim of the Dudgeon Community Fund during 2016 is to support a wide range of charitable, voluntary community activities and infrastructure projects in communities directly impacted by the onshore construction activities associated with the infrastructure and operations base of the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm.

Necton Parish Council has been awarded £20,000 to enable it to erect and maintain two new bus shelters on the main A47 highway which runs between Kings Lynn and Norwich.

£2056 has been awarded to Necton Church of England Primary School which will fund equipment needed to facilitate increased educational uses of the school’s fish pond and outdoor garden areas.

The third organisation to receive a grant is the Necton First Responder team. This emergency medical team, which cares for the seriously injured and ill prior to the arrival of paramedics, has been awarded £1500 for help in funding its running costs.

The Dudgeon Community Fund is now open for further applications under the administration of Norfolk Community Foundation at www.norfolkfoundation.com/funds/dudgeon-community-fund. The fund will support community activities and infrastructure projects in communities directly impacted by Dudgeon‘s construction activities. Parish councils, charities, voluntary and community groups, schools and churches may apply for projects that focus on benefits for the community

”The very nature of major energy infrastructure projects means there will unfortunately be some community disruption during the construction phase. The substation which is being built for the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm adjacent to the A47 highway near Necton is an essential element of the project. I am pleased that the Community Fund has been able to support these three local organisations and we will continue to embrace projects which benefit the communities impacted by our construction activities,“ said Adele Os, Asset Manager of Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm.

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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].
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T: 01263 822427
M: 07860 206565
E: nigel@ni4b.co.uk
Elin Isaksen
Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm project
T:+47 480 91183
E: media@dudgeonoffshorewind.co.uk

Issue date: 30-06-16