RWE has taken the financial investment decision on the 1.4 GW Sofia offshore wind farm project in the UK. The 100 per cent RWE-owned project represents a total investment of approximately GBP 3 billion (EUR 3.48 billion).
The company is now poised to forge ahead with the construction of Sofia, with onshore enabling works due to start this Spring and offshore construction in 2023.
Final project completion is expected by the fourth quarter of 2026. RWE was awarded a Contract for Difference (CfD) for Sofia in 2019, achieving a strike price of GBP 39.65 per megawatt hour (in 2012 prices).
The consented project is located on Dogger Bank, 195 kilometres from the nearest point on the UK’s North East coast. The wind farm will have a single offshore converter platform, with the electricity generated transported via a high voltage direct current export cable to landfall 220 kilometres away in Redcar, Teesside.
Sofia will require a new onshore converter station, and already has an agreed grid connection point at the existing National Grid substation in Lackenby, Teesside, seven kilometres inland. RWE is reviewing port options for the project’s long-term operations & maintenance activity.
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