Siemens Gamesa and Orsted signed a subcontract to supply wind turbines for the U.S. Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project founded by Dominion Energy, Siemens Gamesa announced on Thursday.
"This will be the first offshore wind project to be built in federal waters, marking a significant achievement for the offshore wind industry in the United States, and it will be the first U.S. project for all companies," a press release read.
Danish Orsted, the world leader in offshore wind, will construct the wind project using two units of Siemens Gamesa’s 6-megawatt (MW) SWT-6.0-154 wind turbines, totaling 12 MW of potential generated power.
The Siemens Gamesa blades for this project will be produced at the company’s manufacturing facility in Aalborg, Denmark, and the nacelle assemblies will originate from the Siemens Gamesa facility in Cuxhaven, Germany.
Once in Virginia, Orsted will install the turbine components on monopile foundations. Deliveries are expected to begin in mid-2020.
According to the statement, the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project is a two-turbine demonstration project owned by Dominion Energy and constructed by Orsted, who entered into a strategic partnership in 2017 to provide Virginia customers with a clean, renewable source of energy.
The project will be built within a research lease area adjacent to the 112,700-acre lease area currently held by Dominion Energy, located approximately 27 miles off the Atlantic coast of Virginia. The lease area has a potential wind energy capacity of at least 2 gigawatts.
Siemens Gamesa and Orsted have contracted, manufactured, installed and commissioned a total volume of approximately 2,700 MW of offshore wind power capacity across the globe.
By Hale Turkes