By Anca Gagiuc
Around 25 miles off the coast of Norfolk in England, a new 402-megawatt offshore wind farm has begun operation. The project, dubbed Dudgeon, is the result of a joint venture including Statoil, Masdar and Statkraft.
The wind farm is equipped with 67 six-megawatt turbines, providing renewable energy to around 410,000 homes. The project took three years to be delivered and nearly $1.7 billion, below the initial cost estimated at around $2 billion.
Expanding offshore wind
“Dudgeon represents an important contribution to realizing the UK’s renewable energy strategy. The UK has already achieved impressive reductions in carbon dioxide-emissions with clear policies to phase out coal, and last year achieved the lowest carbon dioxide emissions since before year 1900. Statoil is proud to contribute to this both by being a large supplier of natural gas and by our investments in offshore wind,” Statoil’s CEO Eldar Sætre said in a prepared statement.
Statoil’s current offshore wind portfolio has the capacity to provide more than 1 million homes with renewable energy. Facilities include the Sheringham Shoal wind farm in the U.K., the Arkona offshore wind farm in Germany and Hywind Scotland, the world’s first floating offshore wind farm, which began commercial operation in October.
Video courtesy of Statoil