Siemens Gamesa has received a conditional order for 100 units of its new flagship WTG, the 14 MW SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbine, for innogy’s 1.4 GW Sofia Offshore Wind Farm in the UK. A comprehensive service and maintenance contract is also included in the conditional order. The final investment decision is expected to be made in the first quarter of 2021.

Installation is planned to start in 2024. The array will be located 195 km off the north east coast of the UK, in the shallow area of the central North Sea known as Dogger Bank. Each turbine will feature a rotor diameter of 222 metres using  the 108 m long Siemens IntegralBlades.

At 1.4 GW, Sofia is the largest project in innogy’s current development portfolio. The 593 km2 wind park will be roughly the same size as the Isle of Man. Its sheer scale and size are expected to offer significant economic opportunities for the UK with potential supply chain benefits, infrastructure and associated jobs and contracts.

The Sofia project continues an offshore wind partnership with innogy SE that began with Greater Gabbard, fully commissioned in 2013. Recently, Siemens Gamesa announced the firm order from innogy SE to supply the turbines for the 342 MW Kaskasi offshore wind power plant, located 35 km north of the island of Helgoland in the German North Sea.

The order comes directly after the UK saw a record-breaking period of more than 60 days’ coal-free energy provided to the National Grid. This development will build upon the progress made by renewable energy in 2019, where the UK saw record levels of energy consumption provided by renewables and saw record-low prices for clean energy, dipping to £39.50 per MW/h.

Sofia takes the total conditional order backlog for the new SG 14-222 DD platform to 4.3 GW, following additional conditional orders recently announced in Taiwan and the USA.