South Fork Wind orders 1st American-built offshore wind substation

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August 26 (Renewables Now) - The developers of the 132-MW South Fork offshore wind project off Long Island in New York said Wednesday the wind farm will feature the first American-made offshore wind substation.

Joint project owners Denmark’s Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED) and New England utility Eversource Energy (NYSE:ES) have tasked US offshore fabricator Kiewit Offshore Service Ltd with designing and building the substation. Kiewit will construct the 1,500-tonne structure at its facility in Ingleside, Texas, near Corpus Christi.

This marks the first time an American contractor has been picked to fabricate a wind farm’s offshore substation, the companies noted, with the decision supporting the development of a US offshore wind supply chain.

Kiewit expects to start building the substation in November and to complete it by the spring of 2023. The substation will then be shipped across the Gulf of Mexico and up the East Coast for deployment at the wind farm in the summer of 2023.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management last week issued South Fork’s final Environmental Impact Statement and the project stays on course to be fully permitted in early 2022, the developers said. The facility is scheduled to start generating energy by the end of 2023.

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