Sofia launches online portal to boost UK supply chain

In: Windfarms

As the
Sofia offshore wind farm heads towards construction, the team behind it has launched an online open search directory to boost UK supply chain opportunities, particularly in the North East.

The directory is part of a wider portal that will also highlight upcoming contract opportunities with
Sofia and its key contractors, and will publish case studies on how UK companies have contributed to the development of the wind farm that is set to be built 195 kilometres from the UK coast on the shallow central area of the North Sea known as Dogger Bank.

Mike Nolan, Sofia Offshore Wind Farm’s Head of Procurement, said: “We are keen to maximise the involvement of UK companies as the project progresses, particularly with onshore construction due to start in Teesside in the first quarter of 2021.

“Our key aim for the online directory is to provide a platform for suppliers to create their own presence, tailored to their offshore wind ambitions, and for others throughout the offshore wind supply chain to use it to search for the goods and services they need.

“We encourage all suppliers with an interest in working with the project to register their details online, and we will work closely with our Tier 1 suppliers to make sure they also fully engage with the features of the portal.”

This includes Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, which has signed a preferred supplier agreement with
Sofia to provide the project’s wind turbines plus GE Renewable Energy’s Grid Solutions and Sembcorp Marine, who together will supply the high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission system.

Siemens Gamesa has an active potential and confirmed UK supplier base in a number of commodity areas and there will be opportunities for these firms, and others, to tender for a range of services particularly related to port and vessel activity. Likewise there will be opportunities for UK suppliers in the HVDC package as an element of all the primary equipment will be manufactured and fabricated from GE’s Grid Solutions’ Stafford facilities.

“As more suppliers come on board we will encourage their active participation in the portal to ensure it adds maximum value to the project, to our suppliers, and to potential suppliers across the supply chain.”

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. Construction of the wind farm is due to begin onshore at its Teesside converter station site in early 2021, with offshore construction expected to get underway in 2023.

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