Partrac has won a contract from Statoil to deliver real time wave and current measurement services for the 402MW Dudgeon offshore wind farm in the UK North Sea.


Under the contract, Partrac will manage the deployment and maintenance of equipment and deliver real-time waves and current data.

A Triaxys wave buoy has been selected to deliver real-time wave, current profile and temperature of sea surface data.

The data will be delivered to an operational website. The construction team at the Dudgeon wind farm will use the data for safety critical operations.

Partrac director Sam Athey said: "This project award is testament to our commitment to providing safe and cost-effective metocean services to the offshore industries."

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 annual energy production is estimated to be 1.7 TWh.

The UK government awarded the license for the Dudgeon site in the Round 2 allocation in 2003. UK firm Atkins has been awarded the contract to provide all the monopole foundation engineering work.

The installation will be carried out by Seaway Heavy Lifting using the vessel, Oleg Strashnov.

Image: Partrac secures Statoil metocean contract at Dudgeon offshore wind farm. Photo: Courtesy of Richard Gaches, Statoil.