Vineyard Wind selects DEME Offshore US for foundation installation

Vineyard Wind, a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has announced that DEME Offshore US LLC will serve as its contractor for the installation of offshore wind turbine foundations for the Vineyard Wind 1 project.
Vineyard Wind selects DEME Offshore US for foundation installation
Arcadis Ost offshore wind farm. Courtesy of DEME Group.

Located 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Vineyard Wind 1 is expected to become the first large-scale offshore wind farm in the United States.  With a generating capacity of 800 megawatts (MW), the project will provide significant benefits to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by providing clean electricity to power more than 400,000 homes, creating thousands of good paying jobs, and reducing electricity rates by $1.4 billion over the first 20 years of operation.  The project is also expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.68 million metric tons annually, the equivalent of taking 325,000 cars off the road each year. 

In addition to the installation of turbines, which was announced earlier this year, DEME will also now handle the transportation and installation of the monopile foundations, transition pieces, and scour protection for the wind turbine foundations, in addition to the offshore electrical substation foundation and platform.

As a part of the recently signed Project Labor Agreement, Vineyard Wind 1 and DEME Offshore will closely work together with the local unions and trades to provide training in this new industry.  The goal is to have US workers play an increasing role on a variety of scopes of work during the construction of the project.

“DEME Offshore US LLC is proud of this achievement, not only about the award of another significant scope of work for the project, but also about the agreement with the unions” said Jan Klaassen, Director DEME Offshore US LLC. “DEME Offshore US LLC has always promoted cooperation with local companies and local people, we believe in the success of bringing people from different backgrounds and expertise together in one team. We will deploy highly specialised vessels and crews with huge experience in offshore wind and in the same time providing opportunities for American labour force to become involved in this fascinating business; constructing sustainable offshore energy production for US future energy mix.”.

Vineyard Wind reached financial close in September 2021 and will begin delivering clean energy to Massachusetts in 2023.

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