RWE Renewables has awarded Van Oord the engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) contract for the monopile foundations and array cables for Sofia offshore wind farm, Dogger Bank, UK.
Van Oord will deploy Aeolus to install 100 monopile foundations; its cable-laying vessel Nexus will install 350 km of array cables. It will subcontract the fabrication of both the foundations and cables.
Sven Utermöhlen, chief operating officer wind offshore global at RWE Renewables, said: “Sofia is a flagship for RWE Renewables in terms of technology and innovation, and for the UK through regional supply chain opportunities and as a major contributor to the nation’s net zero ambitions.”
Onshore construction works for the 1.4 GW project will get under way at Sofia’s converter station site in Teesside early next year. Work on the foundation and array package is set to begin after the project’s financial investment decision (scheduled for Q1 2021) with installation scheduled for 2024.