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.
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.
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.
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
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