Siemens Gamesa has signed a preferred supplier agreement with innogy to deliver 100 of its new SG 14-222 DD turbines for the Sofia offshore wind project in the UK.
The Sofia project will, therefore, be the first European project to install the 14 MW model that will be market-ready by 2024, on time for installation at the site 195km from the UK coast on Dogger Bank.
Construction of the wind farm is due to begin onshore at its Teesside converter station site in early 2021, with offshore construction expected to kick off in 2023.
“The selection of these state-of-the-art offshore wind turbines for Sofia, our largest offshore wind development project, reflects our ambition to strive for continuous innovation,” said Sven Utermöhlen, Senior Vice President Renewables Operations Offshore at innogy.
“Siemens Gamesa’s towering 14 MW machine is a perfect match for our flagship Sofia project, together cementing offshore wind‘s central role in the world’s clean energy future. This turbine embodies the impressive technology we need to build our ground-breaking project, that is further from shore and more technically challenging than any of its predecessors.”
Siemens Gamesa has already received orders to deliver the new turbine to the 300 MW Hai Long 2 project in Taiwan and the 2.6 GW Dominion Energy Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) commercial project in the U.S.
The turbine has a 14 MW capacity, reaching up to 15 MW using the company’s Power Boost function, a 222m diameter rotor, 108m long carbon and fiberglass blades, and a 39,000m2 swept area.