EDF Energy and RWE ink power agreement for Sofia

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 30/11/2021 EDF Energy

EDF has signed a fifteen-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with RWE for renewable electricity from the
Sofia offshore wind farm.

EDF will offtake the full 6.5-terawatt hours (TWh) of renewable wind energy that Sofia will produce each year. This equates to almost half of the electricity used in the North East of England annually, or the equivalent of the power needs of over 1.2 million homes.

The 1.4 GW
Sofia offshore wind farm is located 195 kilometres from the UK coast on Dogger Bank, in the shallow area of the central North Sea. It will consist of 100 Siemens Gamesa SG 14-222 DD turbines. The 100% RWE-owned project represents a total investment of approximately £3 billion and is scheduled for completion by Q4 2026.

Philippe Commaret, Managing Director, Customers at EDF, said: “This agreement marks a major milestone in our progress towards achieving net zero, as well as the UK’s ambition to grow offshore wind capacity to 40 gigawatts by 2030. We are focused on working with partners like RWE to furnish the grid with the scale of renewable energy that it so desperately needs. This is exciting news for our customers and will also set a precedent for the UK’s energy industry - delivering large scale, practical solutions on the road to net zero.”

Sven Utermöhlen, CEO Offshore Wind, at RWE Renewables, said: “The UK plays a key role in RWE’s strategy to grow its renewables business and to become carbon neutral by 2040. Sofia will be one of the largest single offshore wind farms in the world once constructed, the signing of the PPA with EDF demonstrates our ability to support electricity suppliers in providing CO2-free power to their customers.”

RWE is currently constructing the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm which, when completed, will expand RWE’s current UK portfolio of nine offshore wind farms. It also recently signed Agreements for Lease with The Crown Estate to develop extension projects at four offshore wind farms.

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