United Kingdom – RWE has awarded RINA a contract to deliver Cable Verification Services and OCP (Offshore Converter Platform) building site quality services for the Sofia offshore wind farm.
The Sofia project’s whole scope of work will be administered from RINA’s Sunderland headquarters, and it is expected to deliver several opportunities to the UK supply base.
The 1.4 GW Sofia offshore wind Farm, located in the middle North Sea area known as Dogger Bank, will be one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms, developed by RWE, one of the world’s top renewable energy firms. RINA will provide expert third-party surveillance to support the supply of quality assurance services needed to verify the cable design, the manufacturing cycle through inspection, the project specific type test, and final acceptance testing (FAT), as well as review cable handling and load out procedures.
The project includes a 220 km 320kV high voltage DC offshore cable from the landfall area to the OCP, as well as a shorter 7km onshore cable from the landfall area to the onshore converter station. The dependability of these cables is critical to the project’s success. RINA has extensive industry experience in the cables consultancy and inspection field, having worked with RWE on the Triton Knoll project and providing verification, design consultancy, and testing services, including forensic investigations, to numerous wind farm operators, cable industry R&D projects, and cable manufacturers.