Ørsted Orders Siemens Gamesa Turbines For US Offshore Wind Demo

Ørsted has signed a subcontract with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA for the supply of turbines for a 12-MW offshore wind demonstrator off the coast of Virginia.

The Danish energy group has ordered two 6-MW wind turbines of the SWT-6.0-154 type for the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project in a federal lease area about 27 miles (43.5 km) off the coast of Virginia Beach. Siemens Gamesa plans to manufacture the blades for this project at its facility in Aalborg, Denmark, while the nacelle assemblies will originate from its Cuxhaven plant in Germany. Deliveries to Virginia are expected to start in mid-2020.

Ørsted will realise the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project on behalf of Dominion Energy Inc (NYSE:D), which filed the scheme for approval by Virginia’s State Corporation Commission (SCC) just recently. Dominion Energy said on Monday that the total cost of the project, including generation and distribution interconnection facilities, is estimated at USD 300 million (EUR 259m). The scheme is a continuation of what was previously known as the Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Assessment Project.

The demonstration project will provide permitting, construction and operational experience for the development of an adjacent wind lease area of 112,800 acres. That lease is held by Dominion Energy and could accommodate up to 2,000 MW of turbines, if fully developed.