Siemens wins new Dudgeon order

Siemens has won the contract to handle turnkey delivery of the grid connection for the 402MW Dudgeon wind farm off the coast of eastern England.

The order, from Norwegian oil firm Statoil and utility Statkraft, is to supply the entire transmission system, including the two transformer substations – one onshore, one offshore.

“This order marks a milestone for us. Dudgeon will be our tenth grid connection project using AC technology,” says Tim Dawidowsky, chief executive of the transmission solutions business unit within Siemens’ power transmission division.

“To date, we have installed nine connections using AC technology, with a total transmission capacity of more than 3GW..."

The grid connection contract follows Siemens’ £500m ($829m) deal, confirmed last month, to deliver, install and commission 67 of its 6MW turbines for the project.

Dudgeon is 32km north of the town of Cromer, north Norfolk. The cable run will extend 42km offshore and a further 47km onshore.

The contract covers all components, such as the offshore transformer substations that convert the wind power to 132kV, as well as the onshore station, which converts the electricity into 40kV for feeding into the grid.

Grid connection is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016, and turbine installation is expected to begin in early 2017.