Kiewit to build first offshore wind substation of New York


Kiewit, the largest U.S. offshore fabricator, will build New York’s first U.S.-made offshore wind substation, a 1,500 ton and 60 feet behemoth of a structure that will be deployed at the 32-megawatts and 12-turbine South Fork wind farm that is set for construction off New York’s Long Island.

Project developers Orsted Offshore North America and Eversource Energy released the news on August 25, about the contract award for Kiewit.

As said above, it will be the first substation of its kind in the state of New York. The company will build the structure on its 555-acre oil and gas fabrication facility in Ingleside, Texas, with work set to start in November.

According to the statement, more than 350 workers will support the project. As well as union workers of Houston, Kansas, and others from the Northeast, Kiewit said.

Although the companies declined to reveal the value of the Kiewit contract, Joe Nolan, CEO at Eversource Energy, said that the project is a “signal of the growth of the next great maritime industry in the United States.”

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Kiewit to finalze substation by 2023

On the other hand, developers Orsted and Eversource said they are ready to start building the South Fork offshore wind project, located 35 miles at the East of Montauk, New York. Formal construction will begin in 2021, with a federal permitting ending by late 2021.

According to Engineering News-Record, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued the project’s final environmental impact statement on Aug. 16. The project also has approvals from state regulators.

Moreover, Kiewit expects the substation itself may be over by the spring of 2023. It will travel via the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean for installation in summer. The structure will consist of a topside resting on a monopile foundation.

Finally, the company is currently building a semi-submersible offshore oil platform for energy giant BP. The project will rest in the Gulf of Mexico, around 190 miles south of New Orleans, in 4,500 ft of water.

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