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'Most significant first' as large-scale US offshore wind heads out to sea with Vineyard cables

ReCharge Magazine|Tim Ferry|November 1, 2022
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Developer Vineyard Wind – a joint venture between Iberdrola’s Avangrid and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners – said Italy's Prysmian would begin installing the cables at the lease site 15 miles (24km) south of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, with work continuing for around 18 months.


First major American project to enter construction begins offshore work ahead of turbine installation next year
 
Vineyard Wind – the first commercial-scale US offshore wind farm – marked another big milestone for the sector as construction at sea began with work to lay its twin export cables, ahead of turbine installation next year.
 
Developer Vineyard Wind – a joint venture between Iberdrola’s Avangrid and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners – said Italy's Prysmian would begin installing the cables at the lease site 15 miles (24km) south of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, with work continuing for around 18 months.
 
“For a project that has achieved many firsts, the beginning of offshore cable installation is perhaps the most significant we have achieved so far,” said Vineyard Wind CEO Klaus Moeller.
 
The 800MW Vineyard Wind is the first commercial-scale US project to receive its record of decision (ROD) from the federal government, enabling it to break ground last November.
 
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First major American project to enter construction begins offshore work ahead of turbine installation next year
 
Vineyard Wind – the first commercial-scale US offshore wind farm – marked another big milestone for the sector as construction at sea began with work to lay its twin export cables, ahead of turbine installation next year.
 
Developer Vineyard Wind – a joint venture between Iberdrola’s Avangrid and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners – said Italy's Prysmian would begin installing the cables at the lease site 15 miles (24km) south of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, with work continuing for around 18 months.
 
“For a project that has achieved many firsts, the beginning of offshore cable installation is perhaps the most significant we have achieved so far,” said Vineyard Wind CEO Klaus Moeller.
 
The 800MW Vineyard Wind is the first commercial-scale US project to receive its record of decision (ROD) from the federal government, enabling it to break ground last November.
 
Onshore construction has already begun in the vicinity of Covell’s Beach, in Barnstable, Massachusetts, where the project’s export cables will make landfall, and at the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal, the nation’s first purpose-built offshore wind port from where the project will be staged.
 
Prysmian will deploy its UK-flagged Cable Enterprise for the cable laying.
 
Cable laying vessels are exempt from compliance with the Jones Act, the US cabotage law that forbids foreign flagged vessels from transporting goods from one US port or point to another, on the grounds that they are playing out, rather than shipping, cable.
 
“Leveraging state-of-the-art technology, large production and installation assets, our cable laying operations are in line with the industry’s regulatory and environmental standards,” said Prysmian Group head of EVP Hakan Ozmen.
 
Prsymian announced a $900m investment in an offshore wind cable making facility at Brayton Point, Massachusetts earlier this year to help meet the Biden administration’s goal of 30GW of capacity by 2030.
 
Some 18GW of capacity is slated for federal approval by 2025, with Vineyard Wind joined in its offshore installation efforts by the Orsted-Eversource owned South Fork Wind project, also expected to begin offshore construction next year.
 
Prysmian will be supported by Foss Maritime, a US based, unionised maritime service company, which will deploy its Nicole Foss for both the offshore and nearshore work in the coming weeks. The developer states that 52 US-flagged vessels will have been used in support of the project by year's end, including fishing vessels.
 
As the first US project, Vineyard Wind has weathered considerable headwinds over its decade long timeline and is currently the subject of four lawsuits in federal court over its impact on the maritime environment and local fisheries.
 
The wind farm will deploy 62 13MW Haliade-X turbines from GE and expects to start delivering power to more than 400,000 homes and businesses in 2023.
 
Vineyard Wind was granted an exemption from an injunction against sales of GE’s flagship Haliade-X turbines in the US on patent violations.
 
GE lost a case brought by rival OEM Siemens Gamesa that resulted in the ban of the turbine from the US market. A federal judge granted a carve out for Vineyard and the Ocean Wind 1 project headed to New Jersey on the grounds that both were too far along to cost-effectively find a new supplier.

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