Construction work begins on RWE’s 1.4GW Sofia wind farm offshore UK

WCN Editorial Team 14 Jun 2021 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

German utility RWE has commenced construction on its 1.4GW Sofia offshore wind project in the UK.

Located on Dogger Bank, 195km off the UK’s North East coast, the new £3bn wind farm will feature approximately 100 wind turbines and is expected to be the first wind farm to install Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy’s 14-MW wind turbine.

Official construction of the onshore converter station and electrical system is scheduled to commence in early 2022 and the offshore installation is expected to start in 2023.

The complete wind power project is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2026.

Civil engineer Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK has been appointed to perform the enabling works at the site of the new high-voltage direct current converter station, which will be located near the village of Lazenby in Teesside.

The onshore export cable from a point between Redcar and Marske-by-the-Sea to the new converter station will be supplied and installed by Prysmian before connecting it to the current National Grid substation in Teesside.

RWE Renewables Wind Offshore Global chief operating officer Sven Utermöhlen said: “Building a project of this size and scale is a great opportunity to demonstrate our expertise for delivering cost effective, innovative offshore wind energy around the globe.

“By installing next generation wind turbines and the most advanced balance of plant technology so far offshore, we will also gain valuable insights to deploy on our new projects, especially our two new adjacent sites on Dogger Bank South which we were recently awarded by The Crown Estate.”

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Construction work begins on RWE’s 1.4GW Sofia wind farm in the UK water. Credit: RWE.

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