Fugro Wraps Up First Part of Sofia Investigations

Fugro has completed the first tranche of offshore site investigations at innogy’s Sofia offshore wind project in the UK.

The first tranche is complete with the multi-purpose vessel Fugro Pioneer having finished the geophysical survey of the wind farm’s export cable corridor.

According to innogy, the vessel will be back to carry out more survey work later but for now has left the UK after the job.

To remind, the first phase of the six-month offshore site investigations began at the beginning of February.

This includes both geophysical and geotechnical surveys carried out along the route from just off Teesside, between Redcar and Markse-by-the-Sea, to the wind farm site on Dogger Bank in the North Sea.

Sofia, the largest project in innogy’s development portfolio, will comprise up to 200 turbines located 165km off the North East coast on Dogger Bank.

The 1.4GW offshore wind farm is expected to enter the onshore construction phase in 2021, with commissioning scheduled for 2026.