Dutch offshore contractor Heerema has been assigned to help build the first and largest commercial offshore wind farm in the United States. The prestigious ‘Vineyard Wind LLC’ project is the nation’s first utility-scale offshore wind energy project. Situated 14 miles off the coast of Massachusetts, this project will generate clean, renewable, cost-competitive energy for over 400,000 homes and businesses, while reducing carbon emissions by over 1.6 million tons per year.
The contract for Heerema comprises in the (offshore) transport and installation (T&I) of 84 foundations consisting of monopiles and transition pieces and appurtenant ESP platforms in the Northeast of the US near the island of Martha’s Vineyard.
CEO Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven is excited: ‘We are extremely proud to be part of the first and largest commercial offshore wind project in the United States. This project fits perfectly into Heerema’s agenda to participate in innovative and sustainable projects. Our vessels are ideally suited to install specific infrastructure in complex conditions. As an experienced offshore contractor, Heerema is continuously seeking opportunities to further strengthen our position in the international offshore market through innovation, pro-activity and reliability. We expect that more of these exciting projects will follow in the near future.’
The construction is expected to start next year and the wind farm is scheduled to be operational in 2021.