Statoil, Statkraft: 317 MW Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm officially opens

By Dorothy Davis
 
Statoil has announced the official opening of the Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm located off the coast of Norfolk, England. Sheringham Shoal is owned equally by Statoil (NYSE:STO) and Statkraft through its joint venture Scira Offshore Energy Limited. 

The opening takes place four years after Scira was granted approval for the project by the UK government, and just three years after initial construction commenced. The Scira organization will now complete the operational takeover of the wind farm, employing some 60 local people full-time. 

The 317-megawatt (MW) Sheringham Shoal wind farm consist of 88 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 3.6 MW, and two 900mt offshore substations. From the wind farm two 132 kV marine cables run onshore to Weybourne, where a 21.6 km underground cable then connects to a new substation at Salle, near Cawston. From the substation, power is then transported to Norwich where it will tie into the National Grid.

The completion of Sheringham Shoal brings operational offshore wind power capacity in the UK to more than 2.5 GW.

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