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Sembmarine SLP Celebrates First Cut of Steel for Dudgeon Offshore Substation

– 16th February 2015

Sembmarine SLP was awarded the EPC contract for the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm’s substation platform in September 2014 by Siemens Transmission & Distribution Limited, celebrated the project’s first steel cutting ceremony, marking the move from detailed design phase, to the construction program.

Matthew Wooltorton, SLP Project Manager said “Today’s event sees the project achieving a key milestone - right on schedule! I am grateful for the hard work of the SLP team and the close cooperation of Siemens that have made this possible.”

The Dudgeon topside and jacket is due for completion at SLP’s yard in 2016 and will be installed at its final location approximately 32km North of Cromer, off the North Norfolk coast. The 1800 ton substation and 1500 ton jacket structure, will be centrally located within Dudgeons’ 402MW, 55 km² array of 67 offshore wind turbines.

The wind farm’s developer is Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited, a joint venture between Norwegian Energy firms Statoil and Statkraft, and Abu Dhabi based renewable energy company, Masdar.

SLP’s Managing Director Paul Thomson said “Today marks a special day in SLP’s Hamilton Yard diary; not only are we celebrating the first major step in the construction of the Dudgeon Project, but we are also delighted to welcome representatives from Statoil, Statkraft and Siemens. It is SLP’s responsibility to design, and build their equipment efficiently and safely and to deliver it on schedule, but it is the continued collaboration of all the parties concerned that will ensure that today’s milestone is one of many that we will meet in the future, leading to the projects ultimate success. The Dudgeon offshore wind project is very important not only for the SLP team, but also for the local and UK economy, and we are extremely pleased to be an integral part of this wind farm’s development.”

Member of Parliament for Waveney, Peter Aldous commented,

“It is excellent news that Sembmarine SLP secured this contract and have quickly reached this important milestone. Offshore wind presents significant opportunities, not only to provide the UK with a secure supply of low carbon energy, but also to bring jobs to ports such as Lowestoft. Sembmarine SLP are well placed to carry out such projects, due to both Lowestoft’s strategic location close to many of the large wind farms that will be developed in the southern North Sea in the next few years, but also due to the expertise that they have built up over a long time in the oil and gas sector. It is especially welcome that the company will be increasing their workforce to carry out this work and this will mean that they will be well placed to secure more work, building on Lowestoft’s growing reputation as a centre for the offshore renewables industry.”

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