Empire Wind awards FEED contract for wind turbine foundations

Written by Nick Blenkey
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In another sign that U.S. offshore wind development is moving right along, Empire Offshore Wind LLC has signed a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract that will see Oslo-headquartered Aker Solutions study the design and delivery of concrete foundations for the wind turbine generators (WTG) for the planned Empire Wind project in New York.

Empire Wind is being developed by Equinor and BP through a 50/50 strategic partnership and is planned for an area of 80,000 acres, in federal waters, an average of 20 miles south of Long Island, east of the Rockaways. When complete, it will power more than a million New York homes.

Aker Solutions will analyze how to design, construct and install concrete substructures standing on the seafloor to support the WTGs. The scope also includes analysis of construction methods and models for marine operations to install the structures. The company will use its track record from previous deliveries of concrete substructures to support the partnership in defining effective solutions for the Empire Wind project.

Aker Solutions’ front-end engineering work will also benefit several U.S.-based partners and suppliers. This includes construction company Kiewit Infrastructure Inc. and regulatory and permitting expert McLaren.

Over the past 50 years, Aker Solutions has become recognized globally for delivering complete oil and gas developments, safely and on time and budget. The company is the international leader for delivering concrete substructures to demanding offshore projects.

“In recent years, we have increased our activity within low-carbon and renewable energy projects, and offshore wind is a key growth area. Aker Solutions is already delivering concrete hulls to Equinor’s Hywind Tampen offshore floating wind project. We are pleased to see that the Empire Wind development is considering using proven concrete technology, and that we can contribute with our expertise,” said Kjetel Digre, chief executive officer of Aker Solutions.

The FEED award for Empire Wind follows the completion of the pre-FEED won in 2019. The work starts immediately and will be completed in August 2021.

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