innogy has chosen the latest 14-MW offshore wind turbine for its flagship 1.4-GW Sofia offshore windfarm on the Dogger Bank in the central North Sea
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has signed a preferred supplier agreement with Sofia for the SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbine.
Sofia is therefore set to be the first European project to install the turbine, which will be market-ready by 2024.
Construction of the windfarm is due to begin onshore at its Teesside converter station site in early 2021, with offshore construction expected to get underway in 2023.
The Siemens Gamesa agreement includes the manufacture, installation and commissioning of 100 turbines.
The SG 14-222 DD has 108-m blades and a 222-m diameter rotor sweeping an area of 39,000 m2.
Selection of the turbines will lead to significant opportunities for the UK supply chain, Siemens Gamesa already having more than 2,000 UK employees and established relationships with many local suppliers.
The announcement follows recent news that Siemens Gamesa will also supply the turbines for innogy SE’s 342 MW Kaskasi offshore windfarm in the German North Sea.
Final investment decision for the Sofia project is expected in Q1 2021.