Construction kicks off at Sofia

In: Windfarms
11/06/2021
RWE
RWE has commenced construction for its 1.4 GW Sofia offshore wind farm, its largest renewable energy project. Located on Dogger Bank, 195 km from the UK’s north east coast, the wind farm will feature 100 turbines. It is located adjacent to two other RWE offshore wind sites in Dogger Bank.

Sven Utermöhlen, COO Wind Offshore Global of RWE Renewables, commented on the “start-of-construction milestone”, calling it “a great moment for the entire RWE Renewables team and a fantastic tribute to the 11 years’ hard work and collaboration from everyone involved, including our suppliers and stakeholders.”

Offshore installation at Sofia is expected to begin in 2023, and the mammoth project is scheduled for completion in Q4 2026. Once installed, this project will be the first to feature the new 14 MW turbine model from Siemens Gamesa.

RWE is strategically growing its renewables portfolio with the aim of achieving carbon neutrality by 2040. In addition to Sofia  it is construction the 857 MW 
Triton Knoll, off Lincolnshire, and is progressing four UK extension projects with a capacity up to ~2.6 GW. The company won two new adjacent offshore sites – also on Dogger Bank – with a potential total installed capacity of 3 GW in the Crown Estate’s Offshore Wind Round 4 Leasing auction.

“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”, concluded Utermöhlen.

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