Singapore's Sembcorp Marine, GE bag deal for giant UK wind farm
Singapore's Sembcorp Marine and its consortium partner GE Renewable Energy's Grid Solutions have been tapped by German utility company RWE to supply the electrical transmission system for the Sofia Offshore Wind Farm.
The full contract is still subject to a final investment decision due in the first quarter.
Sembcorp Marine and GE Renewable Energy's Grid Solutions will start design works for the wind farm this month.
If approved, Sembcorp Marine will start building and installing the wind farm's offshore converter platform while GE's Grid Solutions will be handling the procurement, engineering, construction, and installation of two HVDC converter stations.
The wind farm's onshore construction phase is expected to get underway early next year, while offshore construction is planned in 2023.
Located Dogger Bank in the North Sea, the 593 sq km Sofia would be among the world's biggest offshore wind farms and represents about $3.78 billion in investment in the UK's electricity infrastructure. It will supply clean electricity to around 1.2 million homes.
Green energy solutions accounted for over $530 million of Sembcorp Marine's new orders in 2019.
According to its president and CEO, Wong Weng Sun, Sembcorp Marine aims to get 30 percent of its revenue from sustainable products and solutions by 2030.