Iv-Offshore & Energy secured the early works contract with Sembcorp Marine Offshore Platforms (SMOP) for the engineering of the Sofia high voltage direct current (HVDC) platform (10,000 T).
Sofia Offshore Wind Farm will be one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world and when operational could provide almost 1.2 million UK homes with their annual electricity needs. Iv-Offshore & Energy is SMOP’s engineering subcontractor for the balance of plant installation in this endeavour and shall provide detailed design for both the topside and jacket and procurement of topside equipment.
In 2018 UK Grid Solutions Ltd (GE) and Iv-Offshore & Energy (Iv-ONE) completed a FEED study for the proposed Sofia HVDC platform.
Sofia is the largest project in RWE Renewable’s current development portfolio with a generating capacity of up to 1.4 gigawatts (GW). The wind farm site is located 195 km off the coast of the North East of England and on the shallow central area of the North Sea known as Dogger Bank.
Construction of the wind farm is due to begin onshore at its Teesside converter station site early next year, with offshore construction expected to get underway in 2023.