Coastal Virginia ready for commercial operations

In: Windfarms
Dominion Energy has announced that the two turbine 12-MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) pilot project has successfully completed reliability testing and is ready to enter commercial service.

Located 27 miles off Virginia Beach, along the US east coast, the CVOW pilot is the first offshore wind farm to be both approved by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and installed in federal waters. It was built by Ørsted, one of the largest offshore wind developers in the world, on behalf of Dominion Energy, an American power and energy company headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. Ørsted served as offshore engineering, procurement and construction lead for the project.

The pilot project was first announced three years ago, and received Virginia State Corporation Commission approval in November 2018. It features two
SWT-6.0-154 wind turbines mounted on jacket foundations. Construction kicked off onshore in July 2019 with foundation installation following in May this year. Construction was completed throughout the pandemic.

The next regulatory step for CVOW is to submit the final documentation for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to complete its technical review, which is expected to be complete by the end of the year. The turbines will remain in operation during this review process.

"This is a monumental day for the Commonwealth and the burgeoning offshore wind industry in America as CVOW is ready to deliver clean, renewable energy to our Virginia customers,"
said Joshua Bennett, Dominion Energy's vice president of offshore wind. "Our team has worked diligently with key stakeholders and regulators while safely navigating through the coronavirus pandemic to complete this vitally important project that is a key step to reducing carbon emissions."

Offshore wind generation is a major component of Dominion Energy's comprehensive clean energy strategy to meet standards mandated in the Virginia Clean Economy Act and to achieve the company's net zero carbon dioxide and methane emissions commitment by 2050.

Dominion Energy plans to install a massive 2.6 GW offshore wind development off the Virginia coastline. The
CVOW commercial scale project is located in the 112,800 acre area Dominion Energy currently is leasing from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. The first phase of the build out is expected support initial generation of wind energy by 2024. Additional phases are scheduled to come online in 2025 and 2026.  Its Construction and Operations Plan is on schedule to be submitted to BOEM later this year.

The company will apply the valuable permitting, design, installation and operations experience from the pilot project to its proposed 2.6 GW commercial project.

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