South Fork Wind: Progress Amid Challenges
The inaugural offshore wind turbine for South Fork Wind has been successfully erected, marking a significant achievement in New York’s offshore wind development and positioning itself as the potentially first fully operational utility-scale wind farm in U.S. federal waters.
This 130-MW offshore wind farm, owned by Eversource and Ørsted, aligns with the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act’s ambitious target of achieving 9,000 MW of offshore wind capacity by 2035.
The installation of the first Siemens Gamesa wind turbine generator, one of twelve in total, was executed by the offshore construction team at the project site situated 35 miles off Montauk, N.Y. The construction process has garnered support from numerous U.S. workers and utilized three Northeast ports. The full complement of 12 turbines is anticipated to be in place by the conclusion of 2023 or early 2024.
Van Oord’s offshore installation vessel, the Aeolus, is responsible for the turbine installations, employing a process that entails using a crane to position the steel turbine tower onto the foundation. Subsequently, the nacelle and rotor are affixed atop the tower, followed by the individual installation of blades, securely fastened to the rotor.
Information Sourced From:
- Sean Wolfe of Renewableenergyworld.com
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