Offshore construction

LOCATION OF OFFSHORE INFRASTRUCTURE

Offshore map with turbine locations

OFFSHORE CONSTRUCTION OVERVIEW

Offshore construction is due to start in 2023 with the first phase of the installation of Sofia's two 220 kilometres long export cables. Being installed by brand new vessel Leonardo da Vinci the work is set to be carried out in two phases. Work on the Dogger Bank site will start in 2024 with the installation of the first of the project's 100 extended monopile foundations. The year of 2024 will be a busy one with the completion of the export cables, foundations, 350 kilometres of array cables and, at the heart of the wind farm, the 17,000 tonne offshore converter platform and its jacket foundation. In 2025 the 14MW turbines will arrive and first power will be generated. Construction is anticipated be completed by the end of 2026.

Intro to offshore

WHAT'S HAPPENING OFFSHORE

Throughout summer 2021, Sofia will be busy with offshore surveys as part of the project's pre-construction commitments and site preparation works. 

Nearshore surveys covering five areas of interest were completed in March, with seabed imagery collected along the export cable corridor using a drop down video. The findings were compared to earlier data to understand changes in seabed habitat. The offshore phase of the pre-construction benthic survey programme will be undertaken in summer.

An anomaly in previously collected geophysical data required a dedicated archaeology investigation, so in April a remotely operated vessel took videos and images, which are now being analysed.

Pre-construction ornithology surveys also began in April, marking the start of a two year aerial monitoring programme comprising 12 surveys over the array area. A new approach using LiDAR technology to measure bird flight heights via a pulsed laser, combined with aerial photography data, will provide important information to understand bird behaviours.

Unexploded ordnance (UXO) investigations and clearance will be carried out in two campaigns, starting in summer this year and being completed in 2022. Potential UXOs will be investigated, identified and, if confirmed, removed using innovative methods to reduce underwater noise impacts to marine mammals and fish. Any UXO found are likely to be British buoyant mines or German ground mines from WW2. This work will also include further archaeological investigations, as well as underwater noise monitoring.

 

OFFSHORE CONSTRUCTION TIMETABLE

Mid 2021

Offshore surveys and site clearance to prepare for construction.

Manufacture of the project’s two 220 kilometre export cables underway.

Late 2021

Start of fabrication of offshore converter platform and jacket foundation.

Mid 2022

Ducting for export cable installed at landfall in Redcar, Teesside.

Early 2023

Start of fabrication of Sofia's 350 kilometres of array cables.

Start of fabrication of the project’s 100 extended monopile foundations.

Mid 2023

First phase of export cable installation.

Start of manufacture and fabrication of the project's 100 turbines.

Early 2024

First extended monopile foundation installed on Dogger Bank site

Array cable installation gets underway 

Mid 2024

Offshore converter platform and jacket foundation sail to site ready for installation.

Late 2024

Completion of installation of the export cables, offshore converter station, array cables and the 100 turbine foundations.

2025

Turbine installation underway and first power generated.

2026

Installation and commissioning of the 100 turbines continues.

Late 2026

Sofia is fully operational.

OFFSHORE-RELATED DOCUMENTS

Sofia submits documents related to the offshore activity to the Marine Management Organisation to approve and then store and make publicly available. To view the documents related to Sofia you can access the MMO Public Register and search under DCO/2016/00021 and DCO/2016/00019.

OFFSHORE CONTRACTORS

CONTRACTOR DESCRIPTION WEBSITE

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) will manufacture, fabricate and install Sofia's 100 wind turbines.

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

GE’s Grid Solutions will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of the offshore (and onshore) HVDC converter stations capable of transmitting 1,400 megawatts of power at 320 kilovolts.

GE's Grid Solutions

Working in a consortium with GE's Grid Solutions, Sembcorp Marine will build and install the offshore platform and jacket foundation.

Sembcorp Marine

Van Oord will deliver the project's 100 foundations and 350 kilometres of array cables.

Van Oord

Prysmian Group will design, supply, install and commission Sofia's HVDC export link including 440 kilometres of offshore export cables and installation work.

 

Prysmian Group

 

Heerema Marine Contractors will transport and install Sofia's offshore converter platform using Sleipnir, the world's largest sustainable semi-submersible crane vessel.

 

Heerema Marine Contractors

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