US Wind has contracted Wood Thilsted for detailed foundation design for the 270 MW MarWin offshore wind farm in Maryland, with the UK-based engineering consultancy also tasked with supporting the development of US Wind’s 808 MW Momentum Wind project in the state.
In addition to delivering the detailed foundation design for MarWin and supporting Momentum Wind, the company will be providing other technical support to US Wind and assisting the developer in the development of Sparrows Point Steel, Maryland’s first permanent offshore wind component factory.
For the MarWin offshore wind farm, Wood Thilsted said it will be working with US Wind to maximise the local fabrication of secondary steel – internal and external platforms, boat landings, ladders and walkways – bringing more offshore wind jobs to the region.
Assisting US Wind in the development of the Sparrows Point Steel facility will involve providing technical specifications, application of codes and standards, and general engineering support to the design of the facility.
“We are proud to play our part in US Wind’s ambitious offshore wind projects, especially in the development of home-grown manufacturing at Sparrows Point that offers the opportunity for Maryland/Baltimore to become one of the largest offshore wind manufacturing hubs in the United States”, said Matt Palmer, President of Wood Thilsted USA.
US Wind was awarded Offshore Renewable Energy Credits (ORECs) for the 270 MW phase of its lease area, now called MarWin, in 2017. In December 2021, the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) awarded ORECs to Momentum Wind.
This June, the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) informed that the agency would conduct an environmental review of US Wind’s offshore wind project in Maryland, which includes both MarWin and Momentum Wind, and any subsequent development within US Wind’s lease area.
The project, referred to as the Maryland Offshore Wind Project in the permitting process, involves installing up to 121 turbines and up to four offshore substation platforms to build a project that would have generation capacity of between 1.1 GW and 2 GW, according to the project’s Construction and Operations Plan (COP).
The project is proposed to be interconnected to the onshore electric grid by up to four new 230 kV export cables into a substation in Delaware.
As for Wood Thilsted, the engineering consultancy has been hired on several projects worldwide, including those in Europe, the US, as well as in Asia Pacific, and has designed the foundations that are now being installed on what will become the world’s largest offshore wind farm, the Dogger Bank Wind Farm in the UK.
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