Hellenic Cables, the cable segment of Cenergy Holdings, has been awarded a contract by Van Oord Offshore wind UK ltd, for the supply of approx. 360 km 66 kV inter-array cables and accessories to Sofia Offshore Wind Farm in the UK, one of the largest single offshore wind farms in the world.
RWE’s Sofia Offshore Wind Farm is located on the Dogger Bank in the North Sea, 195 km from the nearest point of the North East coast comprising an area of approximately 593 km2 roughly the same size as the Greek island of Corfu. Water depths at the wind farm site vary between 20m and 35m and the total amount of power Sofia is likely to generate would be enough to potentially provide almost 1.2 million average UK homes with their annual electricity needs. Once operational, the energy generated by Sofia's turbines will save more than 2.5 million tons of carbon emissions per year when compared to the use of fossil fuels in the UK.
“Hellenic Cables as one of the largest cable producers plays a key role in the energy transition. We are proud to support Van Oord for a greener energy world and a sustainable life on our planet supporting the decarbonisation efforts in UK”, commented Mr. Alexis Alexiou, CEO of Cenergy Holdings and Hellenic Cables.
Under the new contract, Hellenic Cables will design, engineer, manufacture, test and supply approx. 360 km of 66 kV XLPE-insulated inter-array cables and associated accessories.
The cables will be manufactured in Hellenic Cables’ vertically integrated, state-of-the-art submarine cable production plant in Corinth, Greece, a world-class manufacturing facility for high and extra-high voltage submarine cables for offshore applications. Cable production is set to begin in 2022 and be completed in 2023.
RWE has contracted Van Oord Offshore Wind UK Ltd to provide the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of the monopile foundations and the array cables at Sofia.
“We are pleased to extend our relation with Hellenic Cables and contribute to Sofia, one of the largest windfarm projects in the world. Building on the expertise and know-how demonstrated in previous projects, such as the Hollandse Kust (South) project, our goal is to successfully implement this project as well. This project strengthens our leading role in the laying and burying of offshore wind power cables. Together with our investment in the next-generation custom-built green cable-laying vessel Calypso, this highlights Van Oord’s drive to continuously reinforce its market position”, commented Mr. Arnoud Kuis, Managing Director Van Oord Offshore Wind.