Norway’s frontline oil giant, Statoil said it has achieved a landmark to become the first company to produce electricity from dudgeon offshore wind farm
The company said over 6,000 homes in the United Kingdom now receive electricity from the first producing wind turbine on Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm.
Statoil said it is looking at powering over 400,000 homes in 2017 when the dudgeon offshore wind farm gets full functional.
Statoil disclosed that Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm site is located 32 km offshore Norfolk, UK and, and is 20 km east of the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, where Statoil currently holds a 40% share. The Dudgeon Offshore Wind farm consists of 67 six-megawatt wind turbine generators with a total installed capacity of 402 MW producing 1.73 TWh/year – equivalent to the consumption of more than 400,000 UK households.
Commenting on the feat, Margareth Øvrum, Statoil’s executive vice president for Technology, Projects and Drilling said “This is a significant milestone for one of the largest offshore wind farms in Europe. I am particularly satisfied with the on time deliveries and the HSE performance so far”.
Statoil’s senior vice president for offshore wind said “Building a profitable renewable portfolio on the foundation of 40 years of oil and gas experience is a competitive advantage. We can leverage on our marine operations competence, our experience with complex projects and our supply chain. A lot of work remains, but seeing the first Dudgeon turbine producing electricity is very satisfying,”
The company disclosed that it currently holds a 40% share in the Sheringham Shoal wind farm located offshore Norfolk, UK, which has been in production since 2012. The Hywind Scotland pilot park offshore Peterhead, Scotland, the world’s first floating wind farm, will come in production in late 2017.
Also, in 2016 Statoil acquired 50% of the Arkona offshore wind farm in Germany, which will come in production in 2019. Statoil was also declared the provisional winner of the U.S. government’s wind lease sale offshore New York at the end of 2016.