Dudgeon generation marks a first for Green Port Hull

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 9 Feb 2017

GREEN Port Hull's first role in offshore wind has seen the first electricity generated.

After a successful installation of the first wind turbine in early January, Dudgeon offshore wind farm delivered its first power to the UK grid this week.

The components were brought together then loaded out from the Siemens facility on the Humber, albeit blades from the plant are not being used. The work began in November, with the 90m towers looming over Alexandra Dock.

Olav Hetland, senior vice president of offshore wind power in Statkraft, said: "This is a significant milestone for one of the largest offshore wind farms in Europe. The project team have been consistently delivering on time, supported by a strong health, safety and environmental record. I am proud to have six Statkraft employees in the project team working on and offshore. I look forward to watching the development successfully progress over the coming months."

The 67 turbine foundations, off the north Norfolk coast, were installed last year, along with the cables and the offshore substation that collects the power generated by the wind turbines. This work involved as many as 2,000 vessel days, with around the same number anticipated this year for the installation of the turbines.

The installation of the remaining wind turbine generators is expected to be completed this year, with the wind farm fully operational by Christmas.

Dudgeon offshore wind farm will provide electricity to more than 400,000 UK homes.

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