The U.S. division of Belgium-based DEME has been awarded a contract for the installation of inter-array cables for the Empire Wind offshore wind farms off New York State.
Empire Wind is a 50-50 joint venture between Equinor and BP and is developing the Empire Wind 1 and 2 wind farms, which will have a total installed capacity of more than 2 GW and will power more than 1 million New York homes.
DEME Offshore US will be responsible for the transport and installation of the inter-array cables, which have a total length of over 217 miles.
The installation work will be performed in two campaigns by the DEME’s Netherlands-flagged cable installation vessel Living Storm and joined by the Norwegian-flagged multi-purpose offshore construction vessel Viking Neptun in the first quarter of 2023.
DEME Offshore US President Sid Florey said the contract award highlights the continued expansion of the company’s U.S. portfolio, via its office in Boston, and its commitment to the future growth of the U.S. offshore wind market.
“We are very proud Equinor has awarded DEME Offshore US these two exceptional projects. DEME’s excellent track record and ability to successfully execute large-scale cable projects safely and efficiently, combined with our robust technical solution for the Empire Wind projects, are the key factors for our success with the award of this contract,” says Florey.
First power from the Empire Wind 1 project is expected in the mid-2020s.
DEME said the value of the contract is “substantial,” ranging from EUR 150-300 million.
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