Deepwater Wind offshore survey to begin for 2 projects

Deepwater Wind offshore survey to begin for 2 projects

NORT KINGSTOWN — Deepwater Wind said Friday that it would begin a “multimillion dollar offshore research effort” next week to prepare the way for its South Fork Wind Farm and Revolution Wind projects.

A survey vessel and dozens of experts will be deployed from Quonset Point, the wind energy developer said.

“The start of this five-month long suite of detailed offshore surveys at Deepwater Wind’s federal lease site off New England will begin with the work of a 132-foot specialized liftboat and a support vessel, plus 25 local personnel, including geotechnical specialists, engineers, biologists, archaeologists and mariners,” Deepwater said.

“We’re embarking on this major scientific endeavor so we can better understand the seafloor where we’ll build these next windfarms,” said Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffrey Grybowski.

The Seacor Marine liftboat Supporter traveled from the Gulf of Mexico for the job. With its 200-feet long jack-up legs, the Supporter is designed to work in offshore waters. Deepwater said the vessel is similar to the pair of liftboats that helped transport components for the Block Island Wind Farm from Providence the wind farm site.)

Deepwater said it commissioned the Providence office of the engineering design firm GZA to perform this survey. The same team worked on the Block Island Wind Farm.

The South Fork Wind Farm and Revolution Wind projects are located in Deepwater Wind’s federal lease site, more than 15 miles south of the Rhode Island coast and more than 30 miles off Montauk, N.Y.

Once permits are in-hand, local construction work on the 90-megawatt South Fork Wind Farm would begin in 2021, with the wind farm in operations in 2022. Construction would start as early as 2020 on the 400-megawatt Revolution Wind project to serve Rhode Island, and in 2021 on the 200-megawatt Revolution Wind project to serve Connecticut.

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