Innogy SE has selected 14 MW wind turbines for its 1.4 GW offshore wind farm Sofia, located 195 kilometers from the UK coast at Dogger Bank in the shallow central North Sea area.
A corresponding preferred supplier deal with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has been signed. The agreement includes a total of 100 turbines being manufactured, installed, and commissioned, each standing 262 meters tall.
“The selection of these state-of-the-art offshore wind turbines for Sofia, our largest offshore wind development project, reflects our ambition to strive for continuous innovation. Siemens Gamesa’s towering 14 MW machine is a perfect match for our flagship Sofia project, together cementing offshore wind‘s central role in the world’s clean energy future. This turbine embodies the impressive technology we need to build our ground-breaking project, that is further from shore and more technically challenging than any of its predecessors.”Sven Utermöhlen, senior VP renewables operations offshore at innogy SE.
Sofia is set to be the first European project to install the new 14 MW model (SG 14-222 DD), which will be market-ready by 2024, on time for Dogger Bank installation.
The wind farm construction is scheduled to begin onshore at its Teesside converter station site in early 2021, with offshore construction planned to begin in 2023. Collectively, the 100 turbines will produce enough renewable energy to meet the annual power needs of nearly 1.2 million average UK households.
“We’re delighted that innogy has shown its confidence in our new machines and proven its commitment to creating a clean future with us now. In uncertain times, we are proud that innogy is choosing machinery with a pedigree of being solid and reliable. As an economic recovery around the globe safely and slowly begins, we’re confident that offshore wind power will strongly contribute to providing jobs and energy stability at attractive prices.”Andreas Nauen, Siemens Gamesa CEO.