Aker Solutions wins FEED contract for Empire Wind

In: Windfarms
17/02/2021
Aker Solutions has signed a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract with Empire Offshore Wind LLC to study the design and delivery of concrete foundations for the wind turbine generators (WTG) for the planned Empire Wind project in New York. The project is being developed by Equinor and BP through their 50/50 strategic partnership in the U.S.

Aker Solutions will analyse how to design, construct and install concrete substructures standing on the sea floor to support the WTGs. The scope also includes analysis of construction methods and models for marine operations to install the structures.

Aker Solutions’ front-end engineering work will see support from several U.S.-based partners and suppliers. This includes construction company Kiewit Infrastructure Inc. and regulatory and permitting expert McLaren.

The FEED award for Empire Wind follows the completion of the pre-FEED won in 2019. The work starts immediately and will be completed in August 2021.

"In recent years, we have increased our activity within low-carbon and renewable energy projects, and offshore wind is a key growth area. Aker Solutions is already delivering concrete hulls to Equinor’s Hywind Tampen offshore floating wind project. We are pleased to see that the Empire Wind development is considering using proven concrete technology, and that we can contribute with our expertise,"
said Kjetel Digre, chief executive officer of Aker Solutions.

Empire Wind is located 15-30 miles southeast of Long Island and spans 80,000 acres, with water depths of between 65 and 131 feet. The lease was acquired in 2017 and is being developed in two phases (
Empire Wind 1 and Empire Wind 2) with a total installed capacity of more than 2 GW (816 + 1,260 MW).

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