ODE completes facilities for Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm projectInternational engineering and operations support services contractor ODE, part of the DORIS Group, has successfully installed new pontoon and crane facilities on the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm base in Great Yarmouth.
Project management experience and in-house engineering capabilities were key components of ODE’s bid, which saw it design, fabricate and install a 52-metre long concrete pontoon system anchored by pilings in the river. The £500,000 contract also saw ODE design, build and provide access and utilities to the crane loading area.
The fully operational waterside marine facilities at berth 8 and 9 in the River Yare will be used by two to three crew transfer vessels, which will support construction, operations and maintenance work on the wind farm, 32 km north of Cromer off the Norfolk coast.
When completed, the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm, which is owned by Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm Ltd. and operated by Statoil, will have a power generation capacity of 402 MW enough to supply about 410,000 homes annually.
ODE, which has a base in Great Yarmouth and head offices in London plus offices in Cairo, Egypt, has a strong record in providing support and innovative solutions to a number of offshore wind developments in the UK and globally.
Fifteen years ago, the company was appointed as the lead project manager for the Scroby Sands Wind Farm off the Great Yarmouth coast, while the Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm in the Irish Sea, for which ODE worked between 2004 and 2012, was recognised as one of the most innovative operational offshore wind farms in the world.
ODE managing director Peter Godfrey said: “Our vast knowledge of the offshore wind industry, the North Sea and the local area meant that we were well placed to support Statoil in providing the most appropriate facilities to support its activities.
“The Dudgeon Wind Farm will play a significant part in UK offshore wind power generation and we are proud to have been involved in what we anticipate will be a highly successful project.”
“ODE project manager Fred Simeons said: “As part of the project we had to ensure that our piling activities did not interfere with pipes and cables that run under the River Yare and provide essential utility services to households and businesses.
“Being the principal contractor it was our responsibility to ensure all works were carried out to the highest safety standards. We achieved this and completed the work with the agreed timeframe and budget.”