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Cable monitoring contract awarded for Coastal Virginia Wind Farm

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 23/02/2023 Luna Innovations

Luna Innovations (Luna) will provide monitoring services for Dominion Energy’s
Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) commercial scale project. The company’s EN.SURE long-range power cable sensing system will be used to monitor the wind farm’s export cable system.

The Luna EN.SURE system combines fiber-optic based Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) Systems and Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) Systems that aims to support Dominion ensure the constant operation of its CVOW project by monitoring temperature and acoustics along the entirety of the project’s cable circuit. The Luna system will also be used to identify potential hotspots in and external threats to the project, such as anchor drag from nearby ships. The system is also designed provide depth-of-cable-burial information to help Dominion protect and optimise the project’s operations.

“We’re thrilled to be supporting an initiative that will help Dominion and the state of Virginia reach their clean energy goals,”
said Scott Graeff, President and CEO of Luna. “The technology that we’re able to provide will ensure the integrity of the project’s operations and support efficient delivery of energy into more than half a million Virginia homes and businesses. This is a great example of Luna’s continued expansion into high growth markets like clean energy.”

CVOW is the largest planned offshore wind farm in the United States, with a capacity of 2,640 MW. It is expected to provide power for 660,000 homes. Situated around 43 kilometers off the coast of Virginia, it is expected to be completed in 2026.
Siemens Gamesa will deliver 176 SG 14-222 DD turbines for the project.

Dominion Energy currently operates the two-turbine
Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind pilot project off of the coast of Virginia Beach. The 12 MW CVOW project is the first offshore wind project in US federal waters, and is positioned in a federal lease area about 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. It features two Siemens Gamesa’s 6-MW SWT-6.0-154 wind turbines which have been operational since October 2020.

The pilot project was developed by Ørsted on behalf of American power and energy company will proceed Dominion Energy. Lessons learnt from the pilot project will be used to support Dominion Energy’s proposed commercial project, which is on track to commence construction in 2024.


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