UPDATE - US' 1st offshore wind farm begins turbine installation

August 3 (SeeNews) - Turbine installation has started at the 30-MW Block Island project off the coast of Rhode Island, the US' first offshore wind farm.

The developer, Deepwater Wind, said on Twitter that the first tower section has been put atop one of the foundations.

The company recently said the wind park remained on schedule to be fully built this summer and commissioned in the autumn as it announced that the final construction phase was about to begin. All five steel jacket foundations were installed last year, marking, as the company says, the first "steel in the water" for offshore wind in America.

GE Renewable Energy and its blade manufacturer LM Wind Power have completed deliveries of all 15 turbine tower sections and 15 blades to ProvPort, in Providence. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Brave Tern vessel has transported the nacelles and will be installing the turbines through early September.

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