Vineyard Wind has chosen Jan De Nul Group and JDR Cable Systems to supply and install almost 130 miles of inter-array cables for the 800MW Vineyard Wind I project offshore from Massachusetts, US.
The 66kV cables will connect to 62 GE Haliade-X turbines to transfer renewable power to an offshore substation for transmission to the grid.
The contract includes installation support and subsea training for individuals with an electrical background, creating almost 40 full-time jobs in Massachusetts.
Vineyard Wind CEO Lars Pedersen said: “Our partnership with Jan De Nul Group and JDR is great news for the project because it ensures that we’re working with a leading global installation company and supplier while also creating jobs here in the US.
“Combined with the recent signing of the Project Labour Agreement, we hope this latest step sends a clear message on the tremendous opportunity this industry holds for both job creation and investment.”
Located 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, Vineyard Wind I is the US’s first commercial-scale offshore wind project.
The facility will generate enough clean energy to power more than 400,000 homes and businesses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Jan De Nul Group Offshore Cables manager Wouter Vermeersch said: “[Last year], we successfully completed the foundation and turbine installation on the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project and we are looking forward to capitalising on the knowledge gained and the experience of working on the East Coast with this new challenge.
“Together with Vineyard Wind and our subcontractor JDR Cable Systems, we will support the local supply chain within the Massachusetts region to deliver the required offshore support vessels and skilled personnel up to the high standards required for safe and efficient offshore wind farm construction.”
In May, the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued a record of decision for the Vineyard Wind I project.