VBMS awarded JDR a contract for the Statoil/Statkraft Dudgeon offshore wind farm.
Dudgeon, off the UK’s Norfolk coast will utilize over 95km of JDR’s copper core inter-array cable and a range of cable accessories. The design and manufacture will take place at JDR’s UK bases in Cambridgeshire and Hartlepool.
The Dudgeon offshore wind farm is located 32km off the UK coast in North Norfolk at water depths of between 18m and 25m. With 67 x 6MW wind turbines, the farm is expected to create enough electricity to power more than 410,000 homes each year. JDR’s inter-array cables will collect and transmit the generated power, prior to its export to mainland UK. Construction is expected to start in 2015 with full production expected in late 2017.
The Dudgeon inter-array cables will be designed by JDR’s in-house engineering team and manufactured at JDR’s Hartlepool facility. The facility is alongside a deepwater dock that is ideally positioned for manufacture and loading out for European wind farm projects. The project will utilize two JDR designed inter-array cables; a 185sq mm copper conductor cable and a 500sq mm copper conductor cable. Both cables will be supplied in two continuous lengths, be XLPE insulated and type tested to IEC 60502-2 and CIGRE standards.
JDR will also supply a range of accessories including pulling grips, hang-offs, connectors, fiber optic patch panels, cable cleats, three-month abandonment kits and subsea repair joints.
The total investment in Dudgeon is estimated to be more than US$2.5 billion. The Dudgeon owners are preparing for a partnership structure reflecting this investment level. Statoil’s investment is expected to be approximately $9 million after the partnership structure has been finalized.
In January, partners Statoil and Statkraft announced they awarded Siemens plc two contracts valued at $848 million to cover the supply and service of 67 wind turbine generators (WTG). The scope of that contract covers the engineering, procurement, assembly and offshore commissioning of the WTGs. Each turbine will have a 6MW capacity, and contain a tower section, nacelle, and three separate rotor blades
Statoil says the first group of turbines is expected to be complete for load out and installation in January 2017. Engineering started in January and will play a role in the design work for the foundations and electrical infrastructure.
Statoil is the operator of the Dudgeon offshore wind project.
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