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Work set to start on Necton sub-station for offshore wind farm off Cromer

14:26 01 July 2014

Dudgeon wind farm map

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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.

9 comments

  • " Or indeed being able to generate more electricity from a smaller site area?" Or, indeed generate none at all if its not windy. Just been from Heysham to IOM and back 5 days later. Not ONE of the hundreds of turbines the ship passed was turning, on both trips. Luckily, Heysham Nuclear power station was working well, so the lights stayed on! Green Energy = Idiocy, every time!

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    Windless

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • ands, I am genuinely curious. Every right thinking person knows that wind farm electricity is just an excuse for the government to trumpet its green credentials and appease the woolly, sandal wearing geography teachers, as well as earning mega bucks for the manufacturers and investors of these nonsensical charades. But when do you think this will repay capital costs, taking into account initial expenditure and continuing upkeep and maintenance? I know this is not easy to answer as it depends on the price of the generated power that the customer has to pay, but what's the ballpark timescale?

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    backwoodsman

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • @Windless. Fewer raw materials, low carbon construction cost, quicker construction time, less items to maintain which should mean cheaper and more efficient operation; sounds like a pretty big advance to me.. Or indeed being able to generate more electricity from a smaller site area?

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    ands

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • Parsnip, looks like a very big kite being held in Necton

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    London in Norfolk

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • Ands Thanks for responding, however, if you (more or less) double the size you get more output and need less of them. How big an advance is that????? Green Energy = Idiocy, every time!!!!

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    Windless

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • Well Windless as I'm sure you've obviously spent a lot of time researching your highly informative post and filling it with facts, I won't take too much of your time giving you some actual ones. Currently the most common offshore wind turbine is the Siemens 3.6MW, whereas Dudgeon have announced they will be using new 6MW turbines - hence an "advance in turbine technology" (i.e. better production) has enabled there to be less turbines to produce the same or more power than if the current common turbine is used..

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    ands

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • Green Energy = Idiocy, every time. Now we, in the UK get to pay Norwegians 3 x wholesale price for the electricity generated by this Greeniot lunacy. This is an abomination and should never have happened. BTW the comment that the number of turbines was reduced due to "advances in turbine technology" is complete nonsense and totally wrong

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    Windless

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • I just love the map! It made me chuckle for some reason.

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    Parsnip

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • I just wonder if it will produce the energy suggested. So often these prove to be overestimates. What a pity this country will allow almost anything to be set up here as long as the application says x jobs will be provided. Gone are the days when we had the entrepreneurs capital and desire to achieve ourselves.

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    Norfolk Lad

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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