Van Oord wins contract for Sofia

In: Windfarms
Van Oord has been contracted for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of the monopile foundations and array cables for the Sofia offshore wind project.

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. RWE announced last week (24 March 2021) that it had taken the Financial Investment Decision on its 1.4 GW Sofia offshore wind project. The 100% RWE-owned project represents a total investment of approximately £3 billion. Final project completion is expected by Q4 2026. It will consist of 100 turbines Siemens Gamesa 14 MW turbines.

Through its UK branch, MPI Offshore, Van Oord will create a logistics hub to deliver the scope of work in Stokesley Teesside. Offshore installation vessel
Aeolus will be deployed to install the 100 extended monopile foundations without transition pieces. The 350 kilometres of array cables will be installed by cable-laying vessel Nexus. Van Oord will sub-contract the fabrication of the foundations and array cables.

"RWE and Van Oord know each other well having worked together on four UK projects prior to the signing of this most recent EPCI contract for foundations and array cables. At 1.4GW, Sofia is our largest and most ambitious offshore wind development to date. We look forward to leveraging our vast experience and learnings as we progress into the construction of this flagship project, and to realising its potential in terms of contributing to the UK’s net zero energy ambitions,"
said Sven Utermöhlen, Chief Operating Officer Wind Offshore Global of RWE Renewables.

"Our project team is busy preparing for this great offshore wind project. Now that the contract is signed, the design phase will be started and the project team will commence its activities from our Stokesley office. Tat he recent announcement of Freeport status for the Tees Valley will further stimulate the regional development of the offshore wind sector in this area. In the coming period, we will be actively marketing our supply chain opportunities and vacancies with a focus on sourcing well-trained staff,"
said Arnoud Kuis, Managing Director Van Oord Offshore Wind.

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