The first turbine of a new wind farm off the UK coast has started producing electricity.
Statoil said it plans to get the remaining 66 turbines at its £1.5 billion Dudgeon wind farm in the North Sea up and running by the end of the year.
It has partnered with energy companies Masdar and Statkraft to build the 402MW project, which will eventually provide enough power for more than 400,000 homes.
Statoil said the wind farm was part of its strategy to complement its oil and gas portfolio with profitable renewable energy and other low carbon solutions.
The firm is also behind the Hywind project, which will reportedly be the world’s first large-scale floating wind farm and is expected to go into production in late 2017.
Stephen Bull, Statoil’s Senior Vice President for offshore wind, said: “Building a profitable renewable portfolio on the foundation of 40 years of oil and gas experience is a competitive advantage.
“We can leverage on our marine operations competence, our experience with complex projects and our supply chain. A lot of work remains but seeing the first Dudgeon turbine producing electricity is very satisfying.”