A consortium of GE Grid Solutions and BOND Civil & Utility Construction has secured a contract to deliver an onshore substation for Empire Wind I, an 816MW offshore wind farm project in New York.

Empire Wind I is intended to help New York develop a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040, including sourcing 70% of its energy from renewables by 2030.

The project is planned to be developed on an 80,000-acre area in federal waters, around 20 miles south of Long Island.

It is expected to power more than 500,000 houses in New York once operational.

The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract was awarded to the GE-BOND consortium by Empire Offshore Wind, a joint venture of Equinor and BP.

The consortium will be responsible for delivering the onshore substation and its interconnection cable in Brooklyn, New York City.

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It will also design and supply high-voltage electrical systems for the offshore substation.

GE Grid Solutions AC Systems business leader Johan Bindele said: “As the consortium leader for the Empire Wind I EPC contract, we are excited to move ahead with this landmark project.

“The award of Empire Wind I is testimony to our leadership and expertise of our AC Systems Project Group in North America and its ability to integrate turnkey high voltage electrical systems for the alternating current (AC) offshore market to help accelerate the energy transition in the US.”

BOND Civil & Utility Construction president Kane Cuddy said: “We look forward to bringing over a century of experience in generation, transmission and distribution construction to ensure clean energy delivery to customers and working with GE’s Grid Solutions on this state-of-the-art substation and major renewable energy project to help New York State meet its ambitious clean energy and climate goals.”

Last week, GE Hydro Solutions signed a service contract with Hydro Exploitation for the refurbishment of two vertical synchronous generators at the Bitsch hydropower plant in Switzerland.