EVENTS FOR SUPPLIERS
Offshore construction supply chain event (Port of Blyth, 14 September 2023)
A supply chain event will be held in conjunction with relevant Sofia suppliers to provide details of local contracting opportunities related to the project's offshore construction. More details to come closer to the event.
Offshore Wind North East 2023 (Sunderland, 8-9 November 2023)
Offshore Wind North East (OWNE) is the leading event offshore wind energy event in the region. Organised by NOF in conjunction with Energi Coast, this year's event is set to feature more than 130 exhibitors and 900 attendees. For more information visit the event page here.
2022 (past events)
Offshore Wind North East 2022 (Sunderland, 9-10 November 2022)
Sofia was once again a Strategic Partner with the North East's flagship offshore wind event: Offshore Wind North East. It was the busiest and most successful of the annual events with more than 900 delegates and in excess of 130 exhibitors. OWNE, was organised by NOF in partnership with North East England’s offshore wind cluster, Energi Coast.
Seeking innovators - introducing RWE's Launch Academy challenges in partnership with ORE Catapult (Webinar, 11am, 4 November 2022)
This webinar introduced companies to ORE Catapult's Launch Academy and detailed the challenges, set by RWE through Sofia Offshore Wind Farm. The Launch Academy is a transformative technology accelerator for the offshore wind sector and this year RWE's Sofia has set challenges in three key areas: autonomous technologies for offshore wind, bird monitoring and protection and cables. If you missed it you can view the webinar video here. Applications for the Launch Academy are open until November 30 and details on what is being sought and how to apply can be found on the ORE Catapult website.
Tier 1 supplier showcase Episode IV: SGRE and Cadeler (Hull, 7 July 2022)
Suppliers attended this face-to-face event with Sofia's turbine supplier Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) and their chosen vessel contractor Cadeler to hear all about the contracting opportunities available on the Sofia. The powerpoint presentations can be reviewed here for reference.
Global Offshore Wind 2022 (Manchester, 21-22 June 2022)
RWE is a strategic event partner for this year's Renewable UK Global Offshore Wind 2022 and team members from Sofia will be joining the stand to talk to stakeholders and suppliers about the project, its progress and programme. For more information about Global Offshore Wind 2022 visit the event webpage.
Offshore Wind Connections (Bridlington, 27-28 April 2022)
RWE representatives, including from Sofia, were at this Team Humber Marine Alliance/Grimsby Renewables Partnership event, talking to potential suppliers, and those with an interest in the project. For information about upcoming events from the newly merged organisation - Humber Marine and Renewables - visit their website here.
Sofia in the Tees Valley: update and opportunities (Friday 11 March 2022)
Around 200 attended this live networking event hosted by Tees Engineering Network (TEN), organised by NOF / Energi Coast with presentations from Sofia and two of our key contractors working on the project in Tees Valley. Kier Infrastructure, constructing Sofia's onshore converter station on behalf of GE's Grid Solutions and J. Murphy & Sons Limited responsible for the civils works for the onshore cable route for both Sofia and adjacent Dogger Bank C.
The presentations can be downloaded here: Sofia overview, J. Murphy & Sons, and Kier Infrastructure.
Offshore Wind North East 2021 (1 and 2 December 2021)
Sofia was a Strategic Partner at this year's Offshore Wind North East Conference and Exhibition, at the Beacon of Light in Sunderland on 1 and 2 December, 2021. Around 800 attendees were at the event which included presentations from Sofia's Project Director Matthew Swanwick and Senior Project Manager Jonathan Grigg.
Understanding the supply chain webinar (October 2021)
This joint Sofia and Van Oord webinar held on Tuesday, 19 October gave an insight into how to productively work with the project and its Tier 1 suppliers and explained how the offshore wind tier system works, and how barriers can be broken down. It also covered what Tier 1 contractors look for from their own suppliers (incorporating Van Oord) and guidance on next steps for suppliers further down the supply chain to get involved on Sofia
The webinar is now available to view online here: Understanding the supply chain webinar.
Tier 1 supplier showcase and introductions (July and September 2021)
Sofia and our Tier 1 contractors are committed to the development and growth of a competitive UK supply chain. To support this a series of supply chain webinars was held to showcase contract opportunities during construction. The first three showcase webinars were run on July 6 (Van Oord), July 7 (GE's Grid Solutions and Sembcorp Marine) and July 8 (Prysmian), with an introduction to SGRE being run on September 13. You can view them via the recordings below. Further supply chain events (face-to-face or webinar) will take place as the project progresses.