RWE confirms Sofia EPCI contract with Van Oord

Van Oord wins foundation and array cable EPCI contract for RWE's Sofia offshore wind farm
WTIV Aeolus © Van Oord

RWE Renewables has contracted Van Oord for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of the monopile foundations and array cables for the 1.4 GW Sofia Offshore Wind Farm.

Van Oord was already selected as preferred supplier for the works in December 2020. The definite contract has now been signed, following RWE’s financial investment decision recently.

The Sofia project is sited on Dogger Bank in the central North Sea, 195 kilometres from the North East coast of the UK. The wind farm will feature 100 Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, type SG 14-222 DD with 14 MW power. Last week RWE announced it has taken the financial investment decision for the approximately 3 billion euro project.

Stokesley office in Teesside
The project will be executed by Van Oord Offshore Wind UK from their MPI Offshore office in Stokesley Teesside. Van Oord will create a logistics hub to deliver the comprehensive scope of work. 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.

Arnoud Kuis, Managing Director Van Oord Offshore Wind: ‘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.’