Van Oord and GLDD score contract for New York wind farm

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 03/05/2022 Van Oord
The consortium between Van Oord and Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (GLDD) has been selected by Empire Offshore Wind, a joint venture between Equinor and bp, as main contractors for subsea rock installation works related to the development of Empire Wind I & II.

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.

Van Oord’s scope involves preparing the seabed with the placement of filter rock prior to the installation of monopile foundations. This will be executed by the fallpipe vessel Stornes. GLDD will use the first Jones Act compliant subsea rock installation vessel, currently under construction at the Philly Shipyard in the US, to install rocks to protect and stabilise monopile foundations, electrical substructures, and export cables, starting with Empire Wind I in the mid-2020s and continuing with Empire Wind II.  

The Empire Wind leases were acquired in 2017 and is being developed in two phases (Empire Wind 1 and 2) with a total installed capacity of more than 2 GW (816 + 1,260 MW). It is being developed through a joint venture between Equinor and bp. Vestas has been name preferred turbine supplier, and is set to deliver 138
V236-15MW wind turbine generators.

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