We are now one and a half years later, and Tarik has contributed to the Sofia offshore HVDC transformer platform and is currently working as lead mechanical engineer on a large offshore wind tender. In 2020, Iv-Offshore & Energy signed the early works contract with Sembcorp Marine Offshore Platforms Pte Ltd (SMOP)to provide the engineering for the Sofia HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) offshore converter platform. The Sofia wind farm will be one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world and, when operational, will be capable of supplying 1.2 million British homes with their annual electricity needs. Following a successful early works contract, Iv-Offshore & Energy signed the head contract with SMOP in 2021 to provide the engineering and procurement services for the Sofia offshore HVDC transformer platform. As a subcontractor of SMOP, Iv-Offshore & Energy is fully responsible for the detailed design of the topside and jacket, the engineering for the platform system integration and the purchase of all auxiliary equipment.
The topside of the Sofia HVDC platform (weighing 10,000 tonnes) will be roughly 80 metres in length, 40 metres wide and 40 metres high. It will be placed on an eight- legged jacket that will rest on the seabed at a depth of just under 30 metres below sea level (LAT). The jacket is then fixed into position with piles that are driven into the seabed. Tarik: “Sofia was the first ‘real’ project I worked on after graduating at Iv-Offshore & Energy. I was responsible for developing a number of mechanical equipment work packages, such as the internal cooling water system, cranes, safety systems and diesel generators. I made the designs for these and attended meetings with the customer and bid evaluation meetings with suppliers. I also visited the workshop of an equipment supplier in Germany with a colleague. When you collaborate with a supplier, it is desirable to ascertain beforehand what the equipment will look like and whether it meets the given requirements. It is also valuable to know how the equipment is delivered and what still needs to be done with the interfaces. Such a visit, whereby you can see which technology the factory uses and the equipment that has already been manufactured, provides clarity.”