Vineyard Wind Selects Offshore Substation Team

Denmark’s Bladt Industries has signed a contract with the US-based Vineyard Wind LLC for fabrication and delivery of an offshore substation for the 800MW Vineyard Wind offshore wind farm.

The EPC contract covers the engineering, procurement, and construction of a 3,000-ton offshore substation and a 1,500 ton jacket foundation.

Bladt Industries will execute the project in cooperation with Semco Maritime and ISC Engineering. The design is already underway by ISC Engineering and the electrical system will be performed by Semco Maritime.

“The offshore substation is the heart of the offshore wind farm allowing the wind farm to connect to the grid. Bladt Industries will utilize the local supply chain in terms of supplies, consultancy and implementation. Bladt is engaging local companies as partners or sub-suppliers and sees this as a vital part of our strategy and development for our presence in the US Offshore Wind Market,” said Nils Overgaard, Chief Sales Officer at Bladt Industries.

The contract marks Bladt’s entry into the US offshore wind market.

”This is a stepping stone for Bladt Industries into the US offshore wind market, which is a market with tremendous potential,” said Klaus Steen Mortensen, Chief Executive Officer of Bladt Industries.

”We see this contract as a prerequisite for developing a future platform for collaboration in the US market. We are looking forward to develop our offerings together with local fabricators and partners in the US over the coming years offering our unique experience from the offshore wind business.”

The Vineyard Wind offshore wind farm will comprise 84 MHI Vestas 9.5MW wind turbines sited approximately 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard and 35 miles off the coast of the Massachusetts mainland.

Offshore construction is expected to start this year and the wind farm is scheduled to be operational in 2022.

Vineyard Wind LLC is a joint venture between Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Avangrid Renewables.