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Wed Sep 27, 2023, 06:20 PM Sep 2023

Huge monopiles for Virginia's 2.6 GW offshore wind farm have set sail [View all]

Michelle Lewis | Sep 27 2023 - 9:18 am PT
Full Article: https://electrek.co/2023/09/27/monopiles-virginia-offshore-wind/

The first eight monopiles made for the 2.6 gigawatt (GW) Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project have left Germany and are headed for Portsmouth.


The 83-meter (272-foot) long foundations will be sailing to Portsmouth Marine Terminal for the next couple weeks. They’ll be installed on CVOW’s offshore wind site about 27 miles (43 kilometers) off the Virginia coast. Construction is scheduled to begin next year.

CVOW, which is being developed and will be owned by electric utility Dominion Energy, will feature 176 Siemens Gamesa 14 megawatt (MW) wind turbines, three offshore substations, and new onshore transmission infrastructure. Once construction is complete in 2026, it will provide clean electricity for around 660,000 households and will support 1,100 jobs.

A CVOW pilot made up of two 6 MW wind turbines has been running onsite since October 2020. The pilot is the first offshore wind installed in US federal waters.

Two days ago, the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) completed CVOW’s environmental review. BOEM says it plans to issue a Record of Decision on whether to approve the project this fall.


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