Alstom has announced it has received formal notice to proceed (NTP) from developers of the Deepwater Wind project which is poised to become America’s first commercial offshore wind farm.
The Block Island offshore wind farm, which recently reached fully financed status, will feature five Alstom Haliade 150 6 MW offshore wind turbines and will be the first commercial offshore wind farm in the US.
“This is a major milestone and the confirmation that this project, the first commercial offshore project in the United States for Alstom, will now materialise" said Yves Rannou, Senior Vice President Wind for Alstom.
Anders Soe-Jensen, Vice President Alstom Wind Offshore, added that the project will highlight both the commercial and technological viability of offshore wind in the US and is the start of a new chapter in sustainable energy for the country.
The engineering of the wind turbines, foundations and electrical interfaces is advancing on schedule according to Deepwater Wind’s project specfications, including installation of the five foundations during summer 2015. Located about three miles off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island, the Block Island Wind Farm is scheduled for commercial service in the fourth quarter of 2016.