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Dudgeon launches £2.5m education initiative

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Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm Ltd has launched a new education initiative for secondary school pupils across Great Yarmouth, North Norfolk and Breckland.

Targeted at inspiring pupils to get actively involved with the subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), the program will inject an extra £2.5m additional educational funding for the next 25 years.

This programme is targeted at encouraging pupils to go on and study STEM subjects in either Sixth Form or Technical College. The ambition is that this will provide a pathway into further education or employment areas which have STEM subjects as a core area.

Emil Orderud, the Dudgeon Operations Manager, based in Great Yarmouth had the following comments: "At Dudgeon we are passionate about inspiring the next generation of scientists, innovators and inventors. We understand that curiosity for science and technology develops at an early age and we want to harness that spark by investing in education within our local communities in Norfolk".

"By committing to a yearly investment of £100,000 for the lifetime of the windfarm, we believe that the Dudgeon STEM Programme has the potential to make a real impact on science motivation and competence across the three districts of Great Yarmouth, North Norfolk and Breckland".


Non-fee paying schools and other organisations delivering government funded national curriculum education are encouraged to make an application for funding, as are not for profit companies, voluntary groups and charities accustomed to working with this age group. The fund is also available for programmes dedicated to training those who will go on and teach pupils within the STEM subjects.

Emil Orderud concluded with strong hopes for the programme: "The Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm is delighted to launch the new STEM programme and we are confident that there will be strong interest and competition for the initial round of funding awards in 2018."

The final Siemens SWT-6.0-154 turbine was installed at the Dudgeon offshore wind farm on the 5th September. The first turbine was installed at the site in early January and work was carried out by A2SEA's SEA CHALLENGER.

Ever since the first turbine produced electricity at the beginning of February 2017, all the turbines have joined the production, one by one.

According to project developer Statoil, the project was completed to the agreed time and below the £1.5bn budget that was set when the final investment decision was made in 2014.

The project is located 32km off the coast of Norfolk, UK and is 20km east of the Sheringham Shoal, another project Statoil owns a stake in. Dudgeon's turbines have a combined capacity of 402MW which is expected to produce 1.73 TWh/year meeting the demands of 400,000 UK households. The project's offshore substation platform and jacket foundation were built at Sembmarine SLP's yard in Lowestoft.

Operations and maintenance work at the site are being carried out by the newly built ESVAGT Njord which began operations after its christening in September last year. It will operate from the purpose-built base in Great Yarmouth which also acts as a control centre for the project.

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