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Celebrations are powered up as major windfarm is opened

PUBLISHED: 18:09 22 November 2017 | UPDATED: 18:19 22 November 2017

The Dudgeon offshore Wind Farm, situated just off Cromer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Dudgeon offshore Wind Farm, situated just off Cromer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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It can provide renewable energy for the equivalent of up to 410,000 homes through its 67 offshore wind turbines.

The Dudgeon offshore Wind Farm, situated just off Cromer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe Dudgeon offshore Wind Farm, situated just off Cromer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Situated 20 miles off the coast from Cromer, the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm is now generating power three years after the green light was given for investment in the £1bn project.

This afternoon the wind farm was officially opened and as these photographs showed it involved a plane flying over the 402MW wind farm, which has created 70 full-time jobs directly linked to it.

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Among those jobs are staff working at the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm Operations Centre in Great Yarmouth, which accommodates offices and a dedicated 24/7 control room to manage the operations and maintenance of the wind farm.

The official opening was held at Great Yarmouth Town Hall and saw the three chief executive officers of the companies that own the wind farm attend - Statoil, Masdar and Statkraft.

The opening of the Dudgeon offshore Wind Farm at Great Yarmouth Town Hall. From left, Hugo Robson, chief commercial negotiator, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; Elnar Remi Holmen, deputy minister Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in Norway; Steinar. Bysveen, EVP Statkraft; Eldar Saetre, CEO Stadtoil; Mohammed Sharaf, UAE Embassy; Mohamed Al Ramahi; and Rowda Aloraiba, deputy head of mission, UAE Embassy. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe opening of the Dudgeon offshore Wind Farm at Great Yarmouth Town Hall. From left, Hugo Robson, chief commercial negotiator, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; Elnar Remi Holmen, deputy minister Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in Norway; Steinar. Bysveen, EVP Statkraft; Eldar Saetre, CEO Stadtoil; Mohammed Sharaf, UAE Embassy; Mohamed Al Ramahi; and Rowda Aloraiba, deputy head of mission, UAE Embassy. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Statoil was the operator during the construction phase and will remain operator during the wind farm’s 25 year operational lifetime.

Marine installation on the project started 18 months ago and the installation of the first 6MW wind turbine took place in early January this year.

Graham Plant, leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, was at the event and said: “The wind farm means for the next 25 years we will be having ships coming in and out of Yarmouth servicing the farm.

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“For us that means employment in Great Yarmouth. It means a supply chain is going to be needed to help keep that business alive and keep going.

The mayor of Great Yarmouth, Kerry Robinson Payne, speaks at the opening of the Dudgeon offshore Wind Farm at Great Yarmouth Town Hall. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe mayor of Great Yarmouth, Kerry Robinson Payne, speaks at the opening of the Dudgeon offshore Wind Farm at Great Yarmouth Town Hall. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“And the announcement of the third river crossing today will help that as well. Everything in Yarmouth at the moment is upbeat.

“It is a good day for Great Yarmouth.”

Also attending today’s ceremony were Elnar Remi Holmen, state secretary at the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy; Mohammed Sharaf, United Arab Emirates assistant minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation for economic and trade affairs; Campbell Keir, director for energy at Department of International Trade; Hugo Robson, chief negotiator at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; and Kerry Robinson-Payne, mayor of Great Yarmouth.

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