Statoil has awarded a contract to Partrac for the provision of real-time wave and current measurement services for the 402MW Dudgeon offshore windfarm in the UK's North Sea.
The contract requires Partrac to manage the installation and maintenance of equipment by delivering real-time information to the contstruction crews.
This will be achieved by the use of a Triaxys wave buoy, which will deliver real-time wave measurements, current profile data, and temperature recordings of the sea surface. The collected information will be delivered to an operational website, which will then be used by the windfarm construction teams for safety critical operations.
Partrac's director Sam Athey said: "This project award is testament to our commitment to providing safe and cost-effective metocean services to the offshore industries."
Located 20 miles off the North Norfolk coast, the £1.5bn Dudgeon windfarm is being developed by Statoil, Masdar and Statkraft. It contains 67 Siemens 6MW turbines, which generate enough clean electricity to power more than 410,000 homes in the UK.
The Dudgeon windfarm is Statoil's second full-scale commercial offshore wind project, and a key project in Norfolk. Following a successful partnership in developing the Sheringham Shoal offshore windfarm off the coast of North Norfolk, Statoil and Statkraft are working together to develop Dudgeon.
Image: Partrac secures Statoil metocean contract at Dudgeon offshore windfarm. Photo: courtesy of Richard Gaches, Statoil.