First offshore wind farm of the U.S. enters final construction stage

Blades for the offshore wind turbines are being unloaded at Rhode Island’s ProvPort. (Photo: Deepwater Wind)
Blades for the offshore wind turbines are being unloaded at Rhode Island’s ProvPort. (Photo: Deepwater Wind)

Deepwater Wind will soon start the final construction stage of Block Island Wind Farm in the federal state of Rhode Island.

Block Island Wind Farm is the first offshore wind farm of the United States. When finished, it will have a total capacity of 30 MW and consist of five 6.0 MW Siemens turbines, which will supply electricity to Rhode Island. It is situated approximately 5 km to the South East of Block Island in the state of Rhode Island.

All five wind turbine foundations of the wind farm have been installed in November 2015 and the four inter-array cables connecting the foundations and the export cable connecting the wind farm to a new substation on Block Island was completed in the summer 2016. The first offshore wind turbine for the Block Island Wind Farm was installed in August 2016. After installation of the other wind turbines – which is expected to take about one month – the turbines will be commissioned before the wind park can finally start commercial operations. So far, Block Island Wind Farm remains on-schedule and is expected to start commercial operations in autumn 2016.

“It’s go time,” said Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffrey Grybowski. “We’re ready to bring this historic project across the finish line. This is sure to be a momentous summer – not just for this project, but also for the start of a new American industry.”

“Projects like the Block Island Wind Farm are the future not only of Rhode Island’s economy, but the whole country’s economy,” said Governor Gina M. Raimondo.

Overall, the wind park’s construction employs more than 300 local workers. Additionally, Deepwater Wind is utilizing four Rhode Island ports – at Block Island, Galilee, Quonset Point and ProvPort – to complete construction and staging.

Tanja Peschel / Deepwater Wind

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