WHAT'S HAPPENING ON SITE
Work is now underway to prepare for the start of construction of the onshore electrical infrastructure for Sofia. Known as the enabling works - civil engineering contractor Jones Bros moved onto the site in June 2021. The Jones Bros. works will include providing a level load-bearing stone platform for both the Sofia and neighbouring Dogger Bank C converter stations; two new accesses to the site with associated bellmouths; welfare and laydown areas; drainage system, and associated utilities.
Earlier in the year contractors working for Sembcorp diverted potable and raw water pipes around the converter station site, and at the same time confirmed the location of other buried services likely to be affected by the construction. This Sembcorp work is now completed and included excavation and pipe laying on the plot of land between the existing mounds near Lazenby and the Wilton South Gate entrance.
Some vegetation clearance was undertaken as part of the water pipe diversion works and further vegetation clearance was required to make way for the creation of a temporary access road to the south east of the site, temporary construction compounds and part of the haul road.