US-based energy conglomerate General Electric (GE) has selected British construction firm Kier to deliver an onshore converter station for RWE’s £3bn ($4.06bn) Sofia Offshore Wind Farm in the UK.

The converter station will be installed next to the Wilton Complex, which is located near the village of Lazenby.

Kier will be responsible for civil engineering and building construction works on the valve halls, control and ancillary buildings.

Its work scope includes the installation of heating, cooling, building management systems and all associated building services at the project site, which covers a 34,000m² total area.

Kier Infrastructure Group managing director Mark Pengelly said: “We have an established track record of delivery of civil works for power station and energy from waste plants and Sofia is an exciting project for us to be involved in.

“As we all continue to find ways to be more sustainable, we expect that energy will be a key growth area for Kier over the coming years.

“This project will also bring significant economic benefits to the north-east as we will deliver it collaboratively with our trusted local supply chain partners.”

The Sofia Offshore Wind Farm will also feature 100 turbines, an offshore converter station and inter-array and export cables measuring hundreds of kilometres in length, as well as onshore electrical infrastructure.

Once completed, the project is expected to generate enough green energy to power around 1.2 million average UK homes and displace more than 2.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions a year.

Kier plans to begin works at the site early this year, with the onshore converter station scheduled for completion in mid-2025.

Last June, RWE began construction works at the Sofia Offshore Wind Farm project at Dogger Bank, UK.

The facility features 100 14MW wind turbines supplied by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.