Vineyard Wind has selected Denmark’s Bladt Industries to build and deliver the offshore substation for what is expected to be first utility-scale offshore wind farm in the U.S. Vineyard Wind’s 800-MW offshore wind farm will be sited approximately 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard and 35 miles off the coast of the Massachusetts mainland. Once operational, it will provide enough clean, renewable electricity to power more than 400,000 homes.
A global steel contractor, Bladt has contributed to the development of the offshore wind market from its early years and has established fabrication in a number of countries.
“This is a stepping stone for Bladt Industries into the U.S. offshore wind market, which is a market with tremendous potential,” said Klaus Steen Mortensen, CEO of Bladt. “We see this contract as a prerequisite for developing a future platform for collaboration in the U.S. market.”
The contract is an EPC contract covering the engineering, procurement, and construction of a 3,000 ton offshore substation and a 1,500 ton jacket foundation. Bladt will execute the project in close cooperation with Semco Maritime and ISC Engineering.
The design is already underway by ISC Engineering and the electrical system will be performed by Semco Maritime.
“The offshore substation is the heart of the offshore wind farm allowing the wind farm to connect to the grid,” said Nils Overgaard, Chief Sales Officer at Bladt. “Bladt is engaging local companies as partners or sub-suppliers and sees this as a vital part of our strategy and development for our presence in the U.S. offshore wind market.”