The first turbine of the 402MW Dudgeon offshore windfarm has been successfully installed in Norfolk, UK.
The £1.5bn project is owned by Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil, as well as renewable energy companies Masdar and Statkraft.
Danish company A2SEA’s jack-up vessel Sea Challenger and its crew have installed the first of 67 6MW turbines developed by German company Siemens. Over the next few months, the A2SEA vessel will deploy the rest of the turbines, which will be shipped from Green Port Hull in the UK.
A2SEA's chief executive officer Jens Frederik Hansen said: “We have wide experience in handling the Siemens 6MW turbines but it cannot be done without good team work.
“It is a great pleasure to once again work together with Siemens, but also our renewed cooperation and partnership with Statoil, which started on their first offshore wind project Sheringham Shoal.”
Since 1 September last year, the Sea Challenger has been used for offshore accommodation during completion and commissioning of the offshore Dudgeon substation. Once commissioned is completed this year, project will generate enough renewable energy to power more than 400,000 UK families.
Statoil will continue as the operator of Dudgeon offshore windfarm when it starts generating electricity in early 2017.
Image: A2SEA’s Sea Challenger wind turbine installation vessel. Photo: courtesy of A2SEA.