Iv-Offshore & Energy has signed the main contract with Sembcorp Marine Integrated Yard Pte Ltd (SMIY) to supply Engineering and Procurement services for the high voltage direct current (HVDC) offshore converter platform of RWE’s Sofia Offshore Wind Farm.

Sofia Offshore Wind Farm is 100% owned by RWE Renewables, one of the world’s leading players in offshore wind, and its HVDC converter station will be installed in the shallow-central area of the North Sea known as Dogger Bank, located off the northeast coastline of the UK. It will have a capacity of 1.4 gigawatts that will power the equivalent of nearly 1.2 million UK homes, making it one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world when completed.

“We are proud to announce that Iv-Offshore & Energy has been awarded the contract with Sembcorp Marine Integrated Yard Pte Ltd (SMIY) to provide multi-disciplinary detailed engineering and design for the Sofia high voltage direct current (HVDC) offshore converter station, one of the largest offshore wind platforms in the world.”

The scope will include a topside weight of 10,000 tonne and a jacket weight of 7,000 tonne, the utility system and the procurement of the topside auxiliary equipment.

SMIY and Iv-Offshore & Energy began the early design works for the project in July 2020; the Sofia project contract was signed in June 2021. Iv-Offshore & Energy will assist SMIY with the purchase of all auxiliary equipment and as a partner of SMIY, Iv-Offshore & Energy is at the helm of the engineering and platform system integration. GE Renewable Energy’s Grid Solutions, being partner to Sembcorp Marine, will fully supply the high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission system.

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