Heerema scores U.S. supplier agreement with Equinor and bp

Heerema Marine Contractors has been selected as a strategic supplier by Equinor on behalf of the 50-50 partnership between Equinor and bp to develop the Empire Wind and Beacon Wind projects. The intent is to enter into a Strategic Supplier Agreement for the transportation and installation services of wind farm foundations and offshore substations for the United States East Coast projects.

This agreement will include the Empire Wind and Beacon Wind installations, and will cover a firm period of seven years. Throughout this period, Equinor, bp as 50% joint venture partner, and Heerema will collaborate as exclusive partners in the preparation and Jones Act-compliant execution of the projects.

Heerema’s CEO Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven commented: "The award of this unique agreement is yet another chapter in a long history of working together globally with both Equinor and bp on often challenging offshore installation projects. We are proud to be selected to join Equinor and bp once again in a frontier market and region. The future of offshore wind relies on strong forward-looking partnerships that recognize the need to secure transport and installation capacity."

Heerema’s Director, Wind Jeroen van Oosten said: "We are very pleased to have developed a contractual framework together with Equinor that enables true partnership. Together we have established a basis of mutual trust and transparency as core values, and I am excited to see the benefits of this innovative agreement materialize for both our client and Heerema."

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).

Beacon Wind is an offshore wind project located 60 miles east of Montauk Point, New York and 20 miles south of Nantucket, Massachusetts in BOEM Lease OCS-A 0520. It is being developed by Equinor and bp through their 50/50 strategic partnership in the US. Once complete, it is estimated that Beacon Wind will provide 1,230 MW of offshore wind power to the State of New York, enough power for over 1 million households in the US northeast from the 128,000-acre site. The initial phase of the project is due to commence commercial operation around 2028.