WHAT'S HAPPENING ON SITE
Work to prepare for the start of construction of the onshore electrical infrastructure for Sofia is now almost complete. Known as the enabling works - civil engineering contractor Jones Bros. Civil Engineering UK moved onto the site in June 2021 and will hand over to GE’s Grid Solutions in January 2022. The Jones Bros. activity has included 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. Regular drone filming has captured the progress of the works.
In terms of local impacts, Sofia is keen to minimise disruption to the residents nearest the site and part of this has involved re-shaping the mounds that separate the converter stations’ site from Lazenby Village. The reshaped mounds will provide local residents with an improved barrier to the construction activity that will continue until 2024. In the longer term they will visually screen the two new converter stations and the Wilton International site. The first phase of reshaping is now complete and the mounds and surrounding area are being landscaped - this will include planting vegetation such as trees, shrubs and grasses.