Statoil, Statkraft OK 402MW Dudgeon

Norwegian partners Statoil and Statkraft have confirmed they will go ahead and build the 402MW Dudgeon offshore wind farm off eastern England.

The £1.5bn ($2.57bn) project should hit full production in late 2017, the duo said. It will be equipped with 67 6MW wind turbines from German manufacturer Siemens, and will supply up to 410,000 UK homes.

Dudgeon – a UK Round 2 project that was originally consented at 560MW – is a return to offshore wind development by Statoil and Statkraft after they collaborated on the nearby Sheringham Shoal project.

A statement said the two Norwegian firms are “preparing for a partnership structure reflecting this investment level”.

Offshore construction is due to start in 2016.

Statkraft's senior vice president, offshore wind, Olav Hetland said: "We are delighted with today's investment decision, where we are taking a significant step forward in Statkraft's growth plans in the UK offshore wind industry.

“The Dudgeon project is a profitable investment, will deliver significant amounts of clean, affordable power to the UK market, and provides an excellent basis for Statkraft to further develop our capabilities within the maturing offshore wind industry."

Dudgeon was one of five offshore wind projects awarded early contract-for-difference support by the UK government – a process criticised by a report earlier this week.