Sif Holding n.v. has been awarded a contract for the manufacturing of 84 monopiles for the 800 MW Vineyard Wind offshore wind project. Located around 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, it will be the first large-scale wind farm to rise in US waters.
Sif will manufacture the monopiles and store them at its Maasvlakte 2 facility untill they can be transported by sea to the USA, planned for 2020-2021.
The installation of the monopiles is subject to a schedule that includes seasonal restrictions on pile driving activity as a protective measure for the highly endangered North Atlantic Right Whales. Sif will maintain a very strict manufacturing schedule of the monopiles to meet these seasonal restrictions.
Fred van Beers; CEO of Sif comments; “By being part of the supply chain for the first large- scale windfarm to be built in the USA, Sif takes an important step towards growth into new markets.”
The state of Massachusetts plans to have 3.2 GW of offshore wind generation capacity by 2035. Vineyard Wind is the first to be realised. It will power over 400,000 homes and industries, approximately six percent of the state’s electricity usage,The wind farm will feature 84 of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind’s V164-9.5 megawatt turbines. Cable provider Prysmian has been assigned to deliver the HVAC (High Voltage Alternating Current) cable connection, composed of two transmission cables.
The project is being developed and realized by Vineyard Wind LLC, a portfolio company of funds of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and Avangrid Renewables. According to the developers, the project is on track to start construction in 2019, with completion expected in 2021. Image: Vineyardwind