Van Oord Cracks US Market with Offshore Wind Contract

Van Oord has won a contract to transport and install wind turbines at an undisclosed wind farm offshore the East Coast of the USA.

The company will deploy the offshore installation vessel Aeolus on the project.

The turbine installation work is scheduled to start in 2023.

Van Oord said that this is the first contract for the company in the USA.

There are two offshore projects on the East Coast of the USA which are scheduled to enter the turbine installation phase in 2023.

The first project is the 804 MW Vineyard Wind 1 offshore Massachusetts. DEME Offshore US is in charge of transporting and installing the 63 GE Haliade-X 13 MW wind turbines at the wind farm. The installation vessel to be deployed on this project is the Sea Installer.

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The second project is the 132 MW South Fork wind farm located 56 kilometres (35 miles) east of Montauk Point, New York, and some 30 kilometres (19 miles) southeast of Block Island.

South Fork is being developed by the joint venture partners Eversource and Ørsted and is slated for full commissioning at the end of 2023.

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The wind farm will comprise twelve 11 MW Siemens Gamesa turbines and the contractor for the transport and installation of the units has not been disclosed.

Aeolus is currently deployed at the Saint-Brieuc wind farm offshore France.

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