Work begins on Dudgeon offshore windfarm

Once complete, the windfarm will provide renewable energy for around 410,000 households in the UK Once complete, the windfarm will provide renewable energy for around 410,000 households in the UK
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Statoil and Statkraft will begin construction work on the Dudgeon offshore windfarm in 2016, aiming for full production in late 2017.

Once complete, Dudgeon will provide renewable energy for around 410,000 households in the UK. The development will move into a new phase, starting with the construction of onshore cables and an onshore substation.

"This strengthens and confirms Statoil's strategic ambition of gradual and profitable growth as an industrial offshore wind player. Dudgeon represents a strong partnership with broad experience and expertise within the energy sector and offshore wind", said Halfdan Brustad, chairman of the Dudgeon board.

Energy Minister Michael Fallon, added: "Today's decision underlines the success of our new contracts and will bring about a steady stream of investment in renewable electricity."

The total investment in Dudgeon is thought to be around £1.5bn.

Statoil is the operator of the wind project and will lead the project towards productions, followed by operations and first electricity to grid during the first half of 2017.

By Rachael Doyle

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