Heerema Marine Contractors will transport and install an HVDC offshore converter platform for the Sofia offshore wind farm in the North Sea.

The platform will be fabricated at Sembcorp Marine’s yard and Heerema will deploy its semi-submersible crane vessel Sleipnir for the installation, which is scheduled for 2024. Sleipnir has previously executed work for the Hollandse Kust and Hornsea 2 offshore wind farms.

RWE Renewables is developing the 1.4 GW wind farm, which is located 220 km off the coast of Redcar, Teesside (UK) at Dogger Bank.

Sembcorp Marine, in consortium with GE Renewable Energy’s Grid Solutions, has been awarded an EPCI contract for the HVDC electrical system works for the project, which includes an onshore converter station and an offshore converter platform.

Koen van der Perk, Heerema’s wind business unit director, said: “’We are proud to be contributing to the Sofia project and are looking forward to working with Sembcorp Marine and the various other stakeholders to make this project a success.”