Vessel “Leonardo da Vinci” Begins Cable Laying To Connect World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm To UK Coast

German power firm RWE AG has commenced the offshore construction of a 1.4-GW Sofia wind farm (offshore), situated on Dogger Bank in the central North Sea, off the east coast of the UK.

Offshore work involves installing the first section of high voltage direct current export cable by the cable contractor Prysmian’s vessel, Leonardo da Vinci. The ship operated from the Port of Middlesbrough and laid two 130-kilometre cable sections. Two 90 km sections will be installed in the coming, with Leonardo da Vinci known to be due for deploying 440 km of marine export cables by the end of 2024.

Vessel Leonardo da Vinci
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Sofia, representing over GBP 3 billion investment, will likely be executed by the 2026 year-end. It will be the firm’s single largest offshore wind farm until now, as Markus Krebber, the chief executive, mentioned in a LinkedIn post.

In the UK, RWE operates ten offshore wind farms that boast an installed capacity of 4 GW.

The laying of the first section of export cable reportedly represents the culmination of 13 years of preparation, planning, diligence, and a massive amount of support from stakeholders and suppliers alike, observed Sven Utermoehlen, RWE Offshore Wind’s chief executive.

Sofia’s offshore converter platform will travel from Batam in Indonesia to the UK next year. 2024 will also see the start of installing 100 extended monopile foundations and array cables. This wind farm will utilize 100 14-MW Siemens Gamesa turbines, 44 of which have recyclable blades. Onshore construction began back in June 2021.

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