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Milestone in Dudgeon project marked with celebration event

– 22nd April 2016


The 1500t Dudgeon Jacket was successfully loaded onto the barge at Hamilton Yard on Wednesday 20th April.  A celebration of the jacket’s completion and delivery on time was held at OrbisEnergy on Friday 22nd April.

Local businesses, suppliers, representatives from Siemens and Statoil and our subcontractors were invited to hear about the Dudgeon project development, the technology used and the importance of projects such as this to Lowestoft and the East of England economy from our MD Paul Thomson and Waveney MP Peter Aldous.

Guests watched a film of the Jacket’s construction and made the short walk from OrbisEnergy to Hamilton Yard to view the Jacket on the barge.

Paul Thomson said: “The Dudgeon offshore wind project is very important, not only for the SLP team but also for the local and UK economy”

“It’s another significant project we have delivered on time, to the highest quality and safely exceeding our clients’ expectations to add to our portfolio of more than 90 ‘Made in Lowestoft’ contracts.”

Project manager Matt Wooltorton said: “I am really proud of what our team here has achieved on a labour-intensive, highly-skilled and complex engineering project.  The quality is excellent, as ever.  The care and finish, which has gone into the project, is outstanding. 

“We have the skills to complete these challenging projects here in Lowestoft. 90 per cent of our workforce lives in Lowestoft with 10 per cent living within commutable distance.  We do not need to bring in skills.”

He added: “To think that when people flick a switch in their homes for the next 25 years, they will get electricity generated off our local coastline from a substation designed and built by Lowestoft people.”

Waveney MP Peter Aldous is supporting Sembmarine SLP in its drive to win future offshore wind farm substations.

“Sembmarine SLP is well-placed to carry out such projects due to Lowestoft’s strategic location close to many of the large wind farms to be developed in the southern North Sea in the next few years, but also due to the expertise they have built up over 40 years.” 

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