x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 12 December 2017

Masdar wind farms produce clean energy for nearly one million homes in UK

A third wind farm has been switched on which will supply energy to 410,000 homes

View of the Dudgeon wind farm. Jan Arne Wold - Woldcam / Statoil ASA
View of the Dudgeon wind farm. Jan Arne Wold - Woldcam / Statoil ASA

Masdar, the Abu Dhabi clean energy company, today inaugurated its third wind farm in the United Kingdom, bringing the combined power generating capacity of all three projects to 1 gigawatt (GW) – enough to supply nearly one million homes.

Now operating another of the world’s largest offshore wind farms, this newest farm will supply energy to 410,000 homes in the UK.

The 402-megawatt Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm is located 32km off the Norfolk coast in England and was switched on by Masdar and their partners Statoil and Statkraft of Norway today.

Dudgeon joins Hywind Scotland, the world’s first floating wind farm, which Masdar also developed with Statoil, and the London Array, still the world’s largest offshore wind farm currently in operation at 630MW. The company reports that this flagship project was delivered ahead of schedule and below budget.

Masdar has a 35 per cent shareholding in Dudgeon alongside Statoil, also with 35 per cent, and Statkraft with 30 per cent.

UAE Minister of State and chairman of Masdar, Dr Sultan Al Jaber, said: “Today’s inauguration of Dudgeon highlights Masdar’s emergence as a global renewable energy leader and the value of international partnerships in successfully deploying large-scale renewable energy projects.

“Together with London Array and Hywind Scotland, it also positions the UAE at the forefront of the United Kingdom’s drive to meet its domestic power demand through clean energy sources. The increasing cost efficiency of offshore wind technology is unlocking substantial commercial opportunities for the wider energy sector, as illustrated by the success of Dudgeon.”

Dudgeon’s first wind turbine started up in January. All 67 turbines are now operational following today’s “switch on” ceremony, generating 1.75 terawatt-hours of electricity per annum while displacing an estimated 893,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually, which is the equivalent of taking around 190,000 cars off the roads, Masdar said.

The development of the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm hit a number of industry milestones, including the delivery of the UK’s longest underground onshore electricity cable, which runs 48 kilometres from the coastal town of Weybourne to the project’s substation in Necton.

Today’s ceremony was attended by Eldar Sætre, president and chief executive of Statoil; Mohamed Al Ramahi, chief executive of Masdar; and Steinar Bysveen, executive vice president of wind power, district heating and projects at Statkraft.

Also present were Hugo Robson, chief commercial negotiator at the UK’s department for business, energy and industrial strategy, Mohammed Sharaf, UAE assistant minister of foreign affairs and international co-operation for economic and trade affairs, Elnar Remi Holmen, state secretary at the Norwegian energy ministry, and Kerry Robinson-Payne, mayor of Great Yarmouth, which is in close proximity to the windfarm.

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