Glamox to provide marine LED lighting for the Sofia Offshore Wind Farm 

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Glamox has secured a contract from Dutch engineering firm Bakker Sliedrecht to provide marine LED lighting for the foundation platforms of 100 offshore wind turbines at the Sofia Offshore Wind Farm in Dogger Bank. The platforms come pre-equipped with marine-certified lights. It will be installed in 2024 at the RWE-owned wind farm, expected to go operational in 2026.

Thijs van Hal, Head of Main Contracting at Bakker Sliedrecht, emphasized the significance of proper lighting for safe operations in the challenging North Sea environment. They selected Glamox, an experienced offshore lighting provider since the 1970s.

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Glamox’s contract at the Sofia Offshore Wind Farm

Glamox will supply 800 marine-certified LED lights for the Sofia Offshore Wind Farm, including indoor and seawater-resistant outdoor linear LED lights and floodlights. These lights will illuminate the platforms where the turbine towers will stand.

The wind turbine platforms will be situated 195 km off the North East Coast of England in a 593 square kilometer water area, roughly equivalent in size to the Isle of Man. They will rest in water depths ranging from 20 to 35 meters and measure 80 to 90 meters in length, with weights ranging from 1,200 to 1,400 tons each.

The turbines will be installed without transition pieces and will have a height of 252 meters to the tip of the rotor blade – approximately 60 meters less than the height of The Shard, the UK’s tallest building. The Siemens Gamesa SG14 – 222DD turbines are expected to generate 1.4 GW of power, sufficient to power nearly 1.2 million UK homes. The wind farm is projected to save over 2.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually compared to the same electricity production using UK fossil fuels.