February 20 (Renewables Now) - Danish consulting engineering group Cowi on Wednesday said it has been chosen to deliver the concept design of the electrical transmission infrastructure for a wind project of up to 2.5 GW in the Atlantic Shores lease area off the coast of New Jersey.
As part of the contract, which COWI won in a competitive tender process, the company will provide the design, quantity and placement of onshore and offshore electrical substations as well as the cables connecting substations and individual turbines. The design is part of the construction operations plan (COP) for the project, which will be filed in the federal permitting process.
The big offshore wind project is developed by a joint venture created by EDF Renewables North America and Shell New Energies US LLC, called Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind LLC. The project covers a 183,353-acre (74,200 ha) lease area.
COWI has worked on over 1,000 wind power projects in 70 countries over the last 50 years, the company's senior market director for wind energy and renewables, Jan Behrendt Ibso noted. Past offshore projects include the 480-MW Saint Nazaire project in France, developed by EDF Renewables and its subsidiary Enbridge, the 130-MW Formosa 1 and 376-MW Formosa 2 in Taiwan, developed by Swancor Renewable Energy, as well as the 800-MW Vineyard Wind project in Massachusetts, developed by a joint venture of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Avangrid Renewables.