Following the announcement that RWE has reached a financial investment decision for Sofia Offshore Wind Farm, Van Oord has confirmed that it has been contracted for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of array cables and the monopile foundations for this project.

The 1.4 GW Sofia Offshore Wind Farm is one of the world’s largest offshore wind projects.

Sofia is sited on Dogger Bank in the central North Sea, 195 kilometers from the North East coast of the UK. Through its UK branch MPI Offshore, Van Oord will create a logistics hub to deliver the comprehensive scope of work. The 350 kilometers of array cables will be installed by cable-laying vessel Nexus.

“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 realizing 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.,

The project will be executed by Van Oord Offshore Wind UK from their MPI Offshore office in Stokesley Teesside. With the onshore converter station located near the village of Lackenby in Teesside and the recent announcement by the UK government of Freeport status for the Tees Valley, the area is expected to receive a boost. This will deliver opportunities for the local supply chain and create new jobs.

“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. The 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.