Vineyard Wind: Heerema participates in largest US Offshore Wind Project
Dutch offshore contractor Heerema has been assigned to help build the first and largest commercial offshore wind farm in the United States. The prestigious 'Vineyard Wind LLC' project is the nation's first utility-scale offshore wind energy project. Situated 14 miles off the coast of Massachusetts, this project will generate clean, renewable, cost-competitive energy for over 400,000 homes and businesses, while reducing carbon emissions by over 1.6 million tons per year.
The contract for Heerema comprises in the (offshore) transport and installation (T&I) of 84 foundations consisting of monopiles and transition pieces and appurtenant ESP platforms in the Northeast of the US near the island of Martha's Vineyard.
CEO Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven is excited: 'We are extremely proud to be part of the first and largest commercial offshore wind project in the United States. This project fits perfectly into Heerema's agenda to participate in innovative and sustainable projects. Our vessels are ideally suited to install specific infrastructure in complex conditions. As an experienced offshore contractor, Heerema is continuously seeking opportunities to further strengthen our position in the international offshore market through innovation, pro-activity and reliability. We expect that more of these exciting projects will follow in the near future.'
The construction is expected to start next year and the wind farm is scheduled to be operational in 2021.
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Another prestigious contract is awarded to Heerema Marine Contractors for an offshore wind project in Taiwan, this time in the middle of Taiwan. The Greater Changhua offshore wind projects consist of four sites in the Taiwan Strait, from 35 km to 60 km off the coast of Changhua County. Danish offshore wind developer Ørsted has obtained site exclusivity on four offshore wind sites with a planned total generation capacity of 2.4GW, and was in 2018 awarded capacity for two projects of 900MW and 920MW.The contract for Heerema is for the 900MW Greater Changhua 1 and 2a offshore wind farms. The contract scope entails the transport and installation of one hundred eleven (111) turbine foundations as well as the installation of two large offshore substations, essential components of offshore wind farms that run electricity to the mainland. Furthermore, Heerema will also be responsible for onshore marshalling services as well as the seabed preparations and scour protection.
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