Carillion gets Dudgeon cable nod

UK contractor Carillion has landed the turnkey contract to supply the onshore cable for the 402MW Dudgeon wind farm, which is being developed off eastern England by Norwegian energy duo Statoil and Statkraft.

The 132kV twin-circuit line will tie the development's subsea cable into a new National Grid substation at Necton, Norfolk, 47km from landfall.

Carillion will also undertake civil engineering and installation activities, including crossing a number of watercourses and strategic roads using trenchless techniques.

The onshore cabling project will start later this year, with commissioning set for 2016.

"This project builds on the excellent relationship that Carillion has developed with Statoil and Statkraft," says Carillion Network Services managing director Graham Carr.

Offshore construction of the £1.5bn ($2.4bn) Dudgeon project, being built around 62 Siemens 6MW turbines in 18-35 metres of water, is slated to start the same year and to be fully operational by late-2017.

Once complete, Dudgeon will provide clean energy to 410,000 UK households.