SMC contracted for Sofia wind farm

SMC personnel climbing an offshore wind turbine. (Courtesy: Specialist Marine Consultants)

Specialist Marine Consultants (SMC) has been awarded a contract from RWE’s Sofia Offshore Wind Farm to deliver offshore resources and services for the duration of the project’s offshore construction, commencing in 2023.

The turnkey package of works includes a range of services, such as an above-water offshore balance of plant works that includes statutory inspection and general maintenance of the TP, marine coordination resourcing, delivery of vessel inspections, project PPE management, specialist offshore construction resourcing, project consultancy support, and all associated project management.

“We are extremely proud to win the Sofia construction services contract. It is a major achievement for the company and testament to the entire SMC team who work onshore and offshore. SMC, following on from the success of the Triton Knoll project, where SMC undertook similar works on behalf of RWE, have taken great care to ensure we continued to develop our offering and to cement our position as a ‘best in class’ supplier of our respective services,” said Ian Coates, SMC managing director.

“Our recent achievements in this area, with solutions delivered to a range of clients globally, have allowed SMC to build and retain a strong team of specialists, focusing on local content and personnel development, something we know to have been a key priority for Sofia,” Coates said.

Rob McLauchlin, Sofia’s general site manager (offshore), said he is pleased to have a respected and experienced service provider join the Sofia team as it nears its next key phase of activity, offshore construction.

The 1,400MW Sofia offshore wind farm is located 195 km from the UK’s coast on Dogger Bank in the central North Sea and is one of the largest single offshore wind farms in the world, as well as one of the farthest from shore. It will comprise 100 14MW turbines across a 593 square-kilometer site, which is roughly the same size as the Isle of Man.