Statoil has entered into an agreement with Statkraft to take over operation of Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm from January 2017.
Sheringham Shoal is one of the world’s 10 largest producing offshore wind farms providing renewable energy to up to 220 000 UK homes. Located off the coast of Norfolk, it has been in operation since 2012 and has a capacity of 317 MW.
Statoil new energy solutions executive vice president Irene Rummelhoff said: “Taking over the operatorship for Sheringham Shoal represents a milestone for Statoil, as our first operatorship during commercial operations.
"As operator of both the Sheringham Shoal and Dudgeon offshore wind farms, located in the same area, we can further improve efficiency and increase competitiveness across the projects,”
Statoil and Statkraft each hold a 40 per cent share in Sheringham Shoal, with 20 per cent held by the UK Green Investment Bank.
Through today’s agreement, Statoil is also increasing its share in the Dogger Bank projects, with the desire of bringing Statoil’s total ownership from 25% up to a potential of 50% through an acquisition of Statkraft’s share in Dogger Bank.
The final shareholding in Dogger Bank, and the transfer of operatorship for Sheringham Shoal, is pending partner and government approvals.
Dogger Bank is the world's largest offshore wind development, having achieved consent for an agreed target installed capacity of 4800 MW. In total, the Dogger Bank projects have the potential to provide renewable energy to up to 5 million UK homes.
Rummelhoff said: “Dogger Bank represents a unique opportunity for the UK to develop secure, sustainable and cost-competitive energy from its world-class wind resource. By increasing our share, we strengthen Statoil’s long-term portfolio materiality and gain additional optionality.
"This is in line with our strategy to gradually complement Statoil’s oil and gas portfolio with profitable renewable energy and other low-carbon solutions.”
Today’s announcement coincides with the opening of Statoil’s onshore base for the Dudgeon offshore wind farm, taking place in Great Yarmouth during the Maritime Festival. In total, Sheringham Shoal and Dudgeon are creating 85 jobs in the Norfolk area.
Statoil is a leading investor in UK energy, including the Mariner oil development offshore Aberdeen, the largest investment on the UK continental shelf in a decade, the Hywind pilot park offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, the world’s first floating wind farm. Statoil is also the leading exporter of oil and gas to the UK.
The effective date for the transfer of operatorship is 1 January 2017. Closing is subject to customary conditions, including partners’ and government approval.