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SPT Offshore to install suction-pile foundation at Dudgeon wind farm in UK

CTBR Staff Writer Published 22 May 2015

Netherlands-based SPT Offshore has won a contract to deliver a suction pile foundation for the transformer substation being installed at the 402MW Dudgeon offshore wind farm in the UK North Sea.


The contract was awarded by Sembmarine SLP, which is the main fabricator for the substation.

The Dutch company will design, fabricate and install the four-legged jacket, which will support about 1,850 ton topsides.

SPT Offshore managing director Mark Riemers said: "We are extremely pleased with this first suction pile founded substation in UK waters.

"We trust this will create more business for the silently and swiftly installed suction pile foundations in the UK, after having installed several suction pile foundations for oil & gas platforms and subsea structures in the UK North Sea and East Irish Sea."

The £1.5bn Dudgeon wind farm, which is being developed by Statoil, Masdar and Statkraft, is located 32km off the North Norfolk coast in water depths of 18m to 25m.

The wind farm, which is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2017, will feature 67 Siemens 6MW turbines that generate enough electricity for about 400,000 homes in the UK.

The UK government awarded the license for the Dudgeon site in the Round 2 allocation in 2003.

Image: SPT Offshore will deliver a suction pile foundation to Sembmarine SLP. Photo: courtesy of SPT Offshore.