This weekend, Vineyard Wind I announced it selected the US-based arm of Belgian marine services provider DEME to transport and install wind turbine generators. In fact, the provider will use a combination of Jones Act-qualified feeder ships and a foreign-flagged installation vessel.
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Vineyard Wind I selects DEME for wind turbine installation
Vineyard Wind I announced this weekend it selected the US arm of marine services provider DEME to transport and install wind turbine generators. Furthermore, DEME will use a combination of Jones Act-qualified feeder ships and an installation vessel.
In fact, Vineyard Wind I will have a capacity of 800 megawatts, enough renewable energy to power 400,000 homes. Furthermore, the vessel is expected to be delivered by the end of 2023. Also, the project will reach a financial close in the second half of 2021 and begin operations in 2023.
Moreover, the project’s developer, Vineyard Wind, is a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP). Accordingly, the company announced Friday that it selected Boston-based DEME Offshore US LLC for the wind turbine installation.
Therefore, DEME Offshore US will source a foreign-flagged wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV) from DEME Offshore.
“We’re very excited to make this announcement today because it’s an important step in the development of our first project. Also, because of the impact it will have on the US workforce,” said Vineyard Wind CEO Lars T. Pedersen.
Besides, “the offshore wind industry has tremendous potential to create good-paying jobs and investment opportunities. Furthermore, while also reducing carbon pollution. Thus, by working with companies like DEME Offshore US LLC and FOSS Maritime, we can ensure that US labor is gaining from the experience of well-established operators; so that the industry can take proper root and grow a fully American workforce.”
“This announcement is great news for our region, and in particular for the hard-working men and women in the maritime trades,” said Gerard Dhooge of the Seafarers International Union and President of the Boston & New England Maritime Trades Council, AFL-CIO. Thus, “we have a once in a generation opportunity to create a new industry that will help middle-class families and those trying to make it to the middle class.”