WSP scores Vineyard Wind contract

In: Windfarms

WSP USA, an engineering and professional services consultancy, has been re-selected to provide detailed design services for the wind turbine foundations for the
Vineyard Wind project offshore of Massachusetts.

The company previously completed design of wind turbine foundations for the project, but due to recent permitting changes, the turbine layout was modified by Vineyard Wind and required a re-design of the foundations.

The scope includes design of the primary steel, secondary steel and electrical components for the monopiles and transition pieces. WSP and its subcontractor partners, Wood Thilsted, a specialist structural and geotechnical engineering consultancy with extensive experience in wind turbine monopile design; and C2Wind, an offshore wind power design consultancy, will deliver a cost-effective design solution for the project.

“WSP has a strong track record in offshore wind in Europe, having worked on over 30 projects totaling about 23 gigawatts (GW) of capacity,”
said Matt Palmer, WSP vice president and offshore wind manager. “With a global team bringing a range of specific offshore wind experience that is growing in the U.S. we’re proud to have the opportunity to do the same for the Vineyard Wind project.”

Vineyard Wind is projected to create more than 3,600 local full-time equivalent jobs over the life of the project, starting with in-state construction next year. For WSP, Vineyard Wind was the primary driver behind the creation of eight new professional jobs in the U.S., as well as providing work for almost a dozen individuals in WSP’s Boston office.

Vineyard Wind is a joint venture owned 50% by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and 50% by Avangrid Renewables. The 800 MW array is to be contained within a 160,000 acre (647km2) lease area, 14 miles (24km) from Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. It will consist of 84 turbines, each with a 9.5 MW capacity, and is expected meet the energy needs of over 400,000 homes and businesses. The wind farm project was selected in May 2018 by Massachusetts Electric Utilities to provide 800 MW of wind generation, following a request for proposals.

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