April 24 (Renewables Now) - US Wind Inc said Friday two Baltimore firms will be engaged in the fabrication and installation of a meteorological tower to gather key data for its roughly 250-MW offshore wind project near the coast of Ocean City, Maryland.
As part of the project, the company plans to install 32 wind turbines some 17 miles off the coast. The met tower will collect important information about wind speeds and direction, air temperature and pressure, humidity, and other environmental factors. The data will inform the final design, financing and a performance warranty of the wind power plant.
Local firm Strum Contracting Company (SCC) will provide welding services for the installation of the meteorological tower, and quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) services of the steel foundation fabrication activity. It will also provide welding services in support of improvements to the port of Baltimore, which are needed to meet increased maritime business activity related to the offshore wind project.
Baltimore-based Maritime Applied Physics Corp (MAPC), on the other hand, has been selected to take care of the procurement and installation of instrumentation and power equipment for the met tower, such as the sensors to be used. An Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) will be used to measure water current velocities, MAPC will also be in charge of the Collision Avoidance Equipment and the Power System.
US Wind, a unit of Renexia, holds offshore wind leases in Maryland and New Jersey and is also pursuing projects off South Carolina. Its wind project near Ocean City requires and investment of some USD 1.4 billion (EUR 1.1bn).