The port town of Great Yarmouth in Norfolk is home to the Operations and Maintenance base for the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm. The Dudgeon team moved into the purposed designed building on the river harbour quayside in July 2016, and it is from here that all operational and maintenance activities are planned and co-ordinated. The building also includes a large warehouse facility for storing spare parts and for receiving goods and equipment associated with the support of the vessels used to access the wind farm.
The base is now home to around 70 permanent employees including engineers, control room operatives, marine co-ordinators, planners and support staff. It is from here that the turbine technicians board the vessels that take them to the wind farm site. The marine coordination team monitors the movement of vessels and personnel offshore, and is in constant communication with the vessels in the field.
The sophisticated control room is the heart of the O&M base, and it is from here that all logistics for both the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm and the Hywind Park, which comprises 5 floating wind turbines off the coast of Peterhead in Scotland, are managed.