Dudgeon construction underway

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The construction of the 402MW Dudgeon offshore wind farm is underway with multiple vessels on site responsible for export cable and turbine foundation installation. The North Sea project site is located 32km offshore north of the town of Cromer in North Norfolk, and 20 km north-east of the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm.

The heavy lift vessel Oleg Strashnov, owned and operated by Seaway Heavy Lift, arrived on site over the weekend. SHL have been contracted to carry out the installation of the project's 67 monopile foundations, which will support 6MW Siemens turbines. The work is expected to be completed by August this year.

The Oleg Strashnov will also be utilised for the installation of the project's substation jacket and topside, currently being completed at Sembmarine SLP's yard in Lowestoft. The jacket is scheduled to sail-away at the beginning of May and the topside is expected to follow in August.

The Stemat Spirit, operated by VBMS, arrived within the vicinity of the export cable route last week. VBMS has been contracted to carry out the installation of the project's export cable. The vessel will start installing the cable from its landfall point as it progresses towards the location designated for the offshore substation.

Last month VBMS kicked off the Pre-Lay Grapnel Run (PLGR) operations associated with cable installation. The Anna-B followed the export cable route to hook in and recover all small debris like lost fishing nets, ropes and wires from the seabed.

The Final Investment Decision (FID) for the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm was made in July 2014 with onshore work kicking off in March 2015.

The 402MW project is expected to be generating power in Q1 2017 with full commissioning expect no later December 2017.

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