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CELEBRATIONS AT THE Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival were given added significance on 9 September with the opening of the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm Operations Centre by developer Statoil. The former warehouse has been completely redeveloped to accommodate offices and a dedicated 24/7 control room, to manage the operations and maintenance of the £1.5bn Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm. Once in operation in 2017, more than 70 people will be working full time with the operation and maintenance of the wind farm at the onshore base or at the offshore site.

The offshore substation jacket secured in position

sustainable technology based in Abu Dhabi. The company will continue as its operator when it starts generating electricity next year. Located some 20 miles off the coast of Cromer in North Norfolk, the wind The Statoil UK Wind Energy Centre farm will have a capacity of 402MW, delivering an annual production of up to 1.7 TWh (TeraWatt/hours) – enough to power more than 410,000 UK homes. In June a milestone was reached when around half of the foundations had been installed and the export cables were laid. It followed the lifting into place of the substation jacket on 17 May to celebrate Norway’s Constitution Day. In total, 67 turbines will be installed as part of the project, as well as the 1,000-tonne offshore substation. “The project is really starting to become visible and the Dudgeon Bank is no longer an untouched area,” said Dudgeon project director Olav-Bernt Haga. Electricity will be transmitted through export cables from the substation to the Weybourne landfall, and then by onshore underground cables to Necton, where it will be transformed once more before it enters the National Grid. ”We have many on-going activities at the moment, and fortunately most of them are proceeding as planned. The project has not had any serious injuries,” added Mr Haga. The Dudgeon investment is providing local opportunities in the UK as a number of British suppliers are involved in the construction. In addition to the 70 local jobs created directly in the operations phase, many jobs have been created indirectly in the supply chain. q

The opening event also saw the naming of the wind farm’s purpose-built 84-metre service operations vessel, the Esvagt Njord. The vessel marks a new approach to operations and maintenance, with accommodation for up to 40 wind turbine technicians who will live on the ship and walk to work on the turbines via a special gangway system. The head of Statoil Wind Operations UK, Rune Rønvik, commented: “The location for the base is ideal and we have a purpose-built office ideal for our operations. In a wider perspective Statoil may serve other wind farms from this Great Yarmouth base.” He is also pleased with the new vessel: “We are the first offshore windfarm in the UK using a service operations vessel in regular operations and maintenance. We believe this is a solution for the future as the wind farms get bigger and are located further from shore.” Statoil is developing the installation as part of the joint venture company Dudgeon Offshore Wind Ltd, together with fellow Norwegian company Statkraft, and Masdar – an international investor in renewable energy and

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