The 1.4 gigawatt (GW) Sofia Offshore Wind Farm, sited on the shallow central area of the North Sea known as Dogger Bank, is the largest offshore wind project in RWE's current development portfolio. The consented project is being developed 195 km off the UK’s North East coast on a site of 593 square kilometres. It has an agreed connection point at an existing National Grid substation in Lackenby, Teesside. Sofia Offshore Wind Farm is one of the four Dogger Bank projects that were awarded consent in 2015. Formerly known as Dogger Bank Teesside B, the entire project was taken over by innogy (now RWE) in August 2017 and subsequently renamed Sofia Offshore Wind Farm.
The project is currently progressing towards construction, and is being carried out in close collaboration with potential suppliers, stakeholders, statutory bodies and the authorities. The sheer scale and size of the Sofia Offshore Wind Farm will offer significant economic opportunities for the UK, with potential supply chain benefits, infrastructure and associated jobs and contracts. Having won a Contract for Difference (CfD) in the UK Government’s 2019 auction, the project will now move towards a final investment decision, expected in 2021. On the current programme, the onshore civil works for Sofia are set to start in early 2021 along with fabrication of the wind farm components. Offshore construction is due to start from 2023. In terms of components, the wind farm will comprise up to 100 turbines, an offshore converter station and hundreds of kilometres of both inter-array and export cables, as well as onshore electrical infrastructure.
* The picture on top is an example of Humber Gateway Offshore Wind Farm *