VA Offshore Wind Construction Begins

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2019

In the upcoming weeks, Dominion Energy (Richmond, Virginia) will begin construction on the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project, according to the company’s Chairman, President and CEO Thomas F. Farrell.

The offshore wind project will comprise of two offshore wind turbines that possess a combined compacity of 12MW. The turbines are slated to be installed within 2,135 acres of federal waters—leased by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy—in the Mid-Atlantic, roughly 27 miles off the Virginia Beach coast.

The project is being developed in cooperation with Danish energy firm Ørsted.

About the Project

The $300 million plans for the offshore wind project were first announced in August 2018 when Dominion Energy publicized its filing with the state’s corporation commission for approval.

The two turbines will stand in about 80 feet of water, towering 550 feet over the surface of the ocean, and will produce enough energy to power 3,000 homes. Though the endeavor is a demonstration project, this is the first constructed in federal waters through the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s approval process.

“The offshore wind demonstration project will provide critical information to stakeholders and will position Virginia as a leader as we work to attract job opportunities in the offshore wind supply chain and service industries,” said Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam.

The Grid Transformation & Security Act, passed by the Virginia General Assembly, became law in July, marking offshore wind to be of public interest.

What’s Happening Now

"We are wasting no time moving forward on our plans for clean energy investments, including solar, natural gas and nuclear as part of a generation portfolio that will lower emission rates while protecting reliability and customer rates," said Paul Koonce, CEO of Dominion Energy Power Generation Group.

In addition to taking the first construction steps for the project, Ørsted has ordered two purpose-built crew transfer vessels from WindServe Marine for the U.S. offshore windmarket.

The first CTV is currently being built by U.S. Workboats and will be deployed for the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project, followed by other Northeast projects. Construction for the second CTV is expected to begin by late 2020.

“Choosing WindServe to build our CTVs at Senesco will provide locally built vessels and a local operator for the domestic offshore wind industry,” said Thomas Brostrøm, President and CEO of Ørsted North America.

“WindServe Marine’s experience with Jones Act vessel operations and full service shipyard fabrication, coupled with their dedication to the future of green energy, make them a great partner as we expand operations along the East Coast."

The project plans to begin installing Siemens Gamesa 6MW turbines, which are expected to start officially operating by December 2020. If fully developed, the adjacent 112,800-acre site leased by Dominion Energy from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management could produce up to 2GW of offshore wind.


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