Equinor has, on behalf of the 50-50 partnership between Equinor and bp, selected Heerema Marine Contractors as a strategic supplier for the development of offshore wind projects on the US East Coast.
Equinor and Heerema intend to enter into a Strategic Supplier Agreement for the transportation and installation services of wind farm foundations and offshore substations for the projects.
Throughout this period, Equinor, bp as 50 per cent joint venture partner, and Heerema will collaborate as exclusive partners in the preparation and Jones Act compliant execution of the projects.
Together, Heerema and Equinor will focus on optimizing the economic benefits the projects can generate for the New York State communities, the Dutch company said.
”The award of this unique agreement is yet another chapter in a long history of working together globally with both Equinor and bp on often challenging offshore installation projects,” Heerema’s CEO Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven said.
”We are proud to be selected to join Equinor and bp once again in a frontier market and region. The future of offshore wind relies on strong forward-looking partnerships that recognize the need to secure transport and installation capacity.”
The 2.1 GW Empire Wind 1 and 2, and the 1.2 GW Beacon Wind are being developed by a 50-50 partnership between Equinor and bp. Equinor will be the operator through the development, construction, and operations phases of the projects.
Empire Wind, for which Equinor acquired the lease in 2017 and is developing it in two phases, is located 15-30 miles (24-48 kilometres) southeast of Long Island, in water depths of 65-131 feet (20-40 metres).
Beacon Wind is located 60 miles (almost 97 kilometres) east of Montauk Point and 20 miles (32 kilometres) south of Nantucket. The lease was acquired in 2019 and has the potential to be developed with a total capacity of more than 2.4 GW.
”We are very pleased to have developed a contractual framework together with Equinor that enables true partnership. Together we have established a basis of mutual trust and transparency as core values, and I am excited to see the benefits of this innovative agreement materialize for both our client and Heerema,” Heerema’s Director Wind, Jeroen van Oosten, said.
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