Vineyard Wind and DEME Offshore sign foundation agreement

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 11/10/2021 DEME Offshore
Vineyard Wind, a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables (a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc.) and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), has announced that DEME Offshore US LLC will serve as its contractor for the installation of offshore wind turbine foundations for the Vineyard Wind 1 project.

“We’re pleased to work with DEME on another facet of our Vineyard Wind 1 project because they understand the need to train the US workforce so that we can meet the demands of this growing industry,”
said Vineyard Wind CEO Lars T. Pedersen.  “With this contractor in place, we can now build on the goals laid out in our Project Labor Agreement and lay the foundation for the good paying US  jobs that will carry our industry forward.”

In addition to the installation of turbines, which was announced earlier this year, DEME will also now handle the transportation and installation of the monopile foundations, transition pieces, and scour protection for the wind turbine foundations, in addition to the offshore electrical substation foundation and platform.

“DEME Offshore US LLC is proud of this achievement, not only about the award of another significant scope of work for the project, but also about the agreement with the unions,"
said Jan Klaassen, Director DEME Offshore US LLC. “DEME Offshore US LLC has always promoted cooperation with local companies and local people, we believe in the success of bringing people from different backgrounds and expertise together in one team. We will deploy highly specialised vessels and crews with huge experience in offshore wind and in the same time providing opportunities for American labour force to become involved in this fascinating business; constructing sustainable offshore energy production for US future energy mix.”.

As a part of the recently signed Project Labour Agreement,
Vineyard Wind 1 and DEME Offshore will work together with local unions and trades to provide training in this new industry. The goal is to have U.S. workers play an increasing role on a variety of scopes of work during the construction of the project.

Sid Florey, president of DEME Offshore US LLC, said: “It has been a pleasure to work together with the local unions and trades. We are also engaging intensively now with local US companies who can act as our suppliers and vendors. We look forward cooperating with all the stakeholders in the realisation of this first large-scale offshore wind project in US waters. This project will form a cornerstone for the growth of offshore wind industry in the US, where DEME Offshore US will play a significant role together with its US partners”

In the coming months, Vineyard Wind expects to kick off onshore work for its
Vineyard Wind 1 project, for which it recently announced financial close. Offshore work is expected to follow in 2022, with the first power from Vineyard Wind 1 slated for 2023.

Vineyard Wind 1 is an 800 MW project located 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard and will be the first commercial scale offshore wind project in the United States.  The project will generate electricity for more than 400,000 homes and businesses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, save ratepayers $1.4 billion over the first 20 years of operation and is expected to reduce carbon emissions by more than 1.6 million tons per year.

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