Work set to start on Necton sub-station for offshore wind farm off Cromer
14:26 01 July 2014
Work starts later this month on the second big offshore wind farm off North Norfolk.
But the first project in the Dudgeon project off Cromer will be to build the inland substation at Necton near Swaffham.
Co owners Statoil and Statkraft, who also run the Sheringham Shoal windfarm, aim to have Dudgeon in full production in late 2017.
They say it will provide energy for 410,000 households in the UK. Work begins at Necton - after a long planning battle to get a site there - with onshore cabling next year, and offshore work in 2016.
The £1.5bn, 67-turbine scheme is expected to create about 70 jobs, mainly out of its Great Yarmouth base. Sheringham Shoal which is nine miles offshore is maintained through a hub at Wells, but the Dudgeon which is 20 miles off, needed a 24-7 all-weather harbour for bigger boats, said spokesman Nigel Tompkins.
Original plans were for 140 turbines but the number was slashed earlier this year because of advances in turbine technology.