Atkins gets Dudgeon foundation work

UK contractor Atkins has been chosen to engineer the monopiles for Statoil’s £1.4bn ($2.3bn) Dudgeon wind power development off eastern England.

Fabrication of the foundations for the 400MW project, made up of 67 of Siemens’ 6MW SWT-6.0-154s installed in 18-25 metres of water, will start next year.

“The project plays to our strengths in geotechnical and offshore structural engineering, and we look forward to working with Statoil to deliver the project,” says Aktins’ renewables business unit managing director David Parkin.

Structural design and analysis for the monopiles as well as geotechnical engineering are “already underway”, according to Atkins.

Last month, ABB was awarded the £33m order for a pair of 42km-long, 132 kV export cables that will connect Dudgeon’ s offshore substation to landfall at Weybourne Hope, with delivery penciled in for 2016.

Statoil plans to take an final investment decision on Dudgeon, off the coast of Cromer in North Norfolk, as early as this summer, with first power from the wind farm by 2017.

Once in operation, Dudgeon, one of four offshore wind projects recently deemed by the UK government as “provisionally affordable” and still in the running for an early Contract for Difference, will flow electricity to some 400,000 British households.