Skipjack gets Haliade-X approval

In: Windfarms

Maryland's Public Service Commission (MPSC) has approved a request from the developers of the
Skipjack offshore wind farm to deploy larger turbines at the site. As a result, Skipjack Offshore Wind, LLC, 100% owned by Ørsted, will deploy GE's 12 MW Haliade-X turbine.

A prototype
Haliade-X was installed at the port of Maasvlakte-Rotterdam in the Netherlands last year. The Haliade-X features 107m long blades which have been designed by LM Wind Power. GE claims that the new model has a gross capacity factor of 63% and will be able to generate up to 67 GWh in gross annual energy. GE plans to commercialise the model by the end of 2021.

Skipjack project is a 120 MW offshore wind farm under development 19 miles off the Maryland-Delaware coast. The project will create thousands of jobs in the Delaware region and generate enough clean energy to power 35,000 homes. Ørsted, with its development partner Eversource, secured the project as part of its acquisition of US based offshore wind developer Deepwater back in November 2018.

Ørsted says that it will spend at least 34% of the project’s total capital expenditure in Maryland, and contribute $6 million to the Maryland Offshore Wind Business Development Fund, which benefits the local economy. Ørsted has also pledged to invest $38 million in port and fabrication facilities to help establish Maryland as a regional hub for offshore wind construction. It is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2023.

Ørsted also plans to deploy GE's 12 MW
Haliade-X turbine on the 1,100 MW Ocean Wind project off New Jersey. Subject to permitting and final investment decision, the project is expected to be commissioned in 2024.
Ørsted is one of the world's biggest operators of offshore wind farms and aims to have installed a total offshore wind capacity of 15 GW worldwide by 2025. In the U.S., Ørsted has been awarded the rights to build offshore wind farms to serve the markets of Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New York, and Connecticut. These wind farms will have a total capacity of approximately 2.9 GW, with commissioning to begin by 2024.

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