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Equinor stays with MMT on Beacon Wind

Equinor has selected Sweden’s MMT to carry out the 2021 export cable route surveys for the Beacon Wind wind farm offshore Massachusetts, U.S.

The project is led by MMT’s team based in Providence – MMT US Inc.

Having commenced in April to complete in July, MMT, the Ocean Infinity company, is conducting a combination of geophysical, geotechnical, environmental, and benthic surveys along the export route of the Beacon Wind sites 1 and 2.

This contract is in addition to the offshore survey work awarded to MMT in 2020 which completed in May 2021.

The Beacon Wind offshore wind farm is located 20 miles south of Massachusetts and 60 miles off the coast of New York.

When complete, Beacon Wind 1 will provide 1,230 MW of offshore wind power to the State of New York.

Beacon Wind is being developed by Equinor and bp through their 50/50 strategic partnership in the U.S.

Equinor acquired the Beacon Wind lease in 2019. The site has the potential to be developed with a total capacity of more than 2.4 GW.

In January, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) selected Equinor and bp as the winners of the State’s second offshore wind solicitation.

Apart from Beacon Wind 1, the consortium was also successful with the 1,260 MW Empire Wind 2 project in this solicitation round.

Equinor is already developing the 816 MW Empire Wind Phase 1 wind farm which was selected in New York’s first-ever offshore wind solicitation in 2019 alongside Ørsted and Eversource Energy’s Sunrise Wind project.