Deepwater Wind OKs Block Island Turbines Order
Alstom has received formal notice to proceed (NTP) from Deepwater Wind, after the US company completed the financing of its 30MW offshore wind project.
Deepwater Wind Block Island, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Deepwater Wind, plans to install five Alstom Haliade 150 6-MW turbines offshore Block Island.
“This is a major milestone and the confirmation that this project, the first commercial offshore project in the United States for Alstom, will now materialize,” said Yves Rannou, Senior Vice President Wind for Alstom.
“Securing final financing for this ambitious project is an exceptional achievement for Deepwater Wind,” said Anders Soe-Jensen, Vice President Alstom Wind Offshore. “We believe this project will highlight both the commercial and technological viability of offshore wind in the US and we are proud to be part of the team making it happen. This is the start of a new chapter in sustainable energy for the US.”
Wind turbine, foundation and electrical interface engineering is advancing on schedule to meet Deepwater Wind’s project specifications, including installation of the five foundations during summer 2015. Located about three miles off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island, the Block Island wind farm is scheduled for commercial service in the fourth quarter of 2016.