Mayflower Wind Energy LLC has selected Burns & McDonnell to carry out Front End Engineering Design (FEED) of the onshore substation and onshore cable system for the Mayflower Wind project off Massachusetts, US.
Burns & McDonnell will also provide market engagement support for the project.
Mayflower Wind, a joint venture of Shell and Ocean Winds, won the rights to develop a lease area that could eventually support up to 1,600 MW of offshore wind, over 30 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard and 20 miles south of Nantucket.
Last year, the Mayflower Wind project was chosen to supply 804 MW of offshore wind capacity, with the expected start-up in 2025, in the second Massachusetts offshore wind solicitation.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities has since approved long-term contracts between Mayflower Wind and the state electric distribution companies.
“We have a strong relationship with Burns & McDonnell and value the local experience and knowledge they bring to the project. We look forward to partnering with all of our stakeholders and partners to make this project a successful contributor to New England’s power portfolio,” said Michael Brown, chief executive officer of Mayflower Wind.
Burns & McDonnell has provided the conceptual design for onshore elements of the project over the last year and will continue to draw on New England-based resources to provide a FEED package and market engagement services for the onshore substation and underground transmission line.
The firm’s design will be used to file key federal and state permitting applications next year as well as to further develop the project for the construction phase. It will rely on regionally based personnel and in-state survey and geotechnical engineering consultants to support this project for Mayflower Wind.
“We believe aligning with Mayflower’s vision on the project will help create thousands of high-paying jobs, support a growing economy and help us to create environmentally conscious, resilient and reliable energy for millions of business owners and residents,” said Jason Cabral, Northeast U.S. regional vice president for Burns & McDonnell.
“To support the development of offshore wind farms and critical infrastructure projects in the Northeast, our firm plans to grow 15% to 20% each year in the region throughout the next five years.”