Aug 19, 2018

WSP and Wood Thilsted to design offshore foundations for Vineyard Wind

WSP USA and Wood Thilsted have been awarded the contract to provide detailed design of foundations for Vineyard Wind’s offshore wind project, to be built off the coast of Massachusetts.

The project will provide 800 MW of electricity — enough to produce a reliable supply of energy for more than 450,000 homes. The project, being developed by a partnership of Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, will be the first utility-scale offshore wind farm in the U.S. and the largest offshore wind development in the country.

The design will be undertaken by a joint team that combines WSP’s capabilities and Wood Thilsted’s extensive European experience. WSP will provide regulatory assistance and overall project management; Wood Thilsted brings specialist knowledge in structural and geotechnical design of offshore wind turbine foundations.

“We’re excited at the opportunity to support a leading developer at a time when the U.S. offshore wind market is poised for significant growth,” said Roger Blair, president of U.S. energy. “Interest in renewable energy generally has increased over the last few years, with several states, including Massachusetts, setting measurable goals for energy procurement from offshore wind.”

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“WSP and Wood Thilsted have taken a significant step toward becoming leading consultants in delivering U.S. offshore wind energy projects,” said Matthew Palmer, offshore wind manager for WSP. “We have already provided support for the European offshore wind industry, and we’re proud to be doing the same for Vineyard Wind here in the U.S.”

“This is a pioneering project in the offshore wind industry,” said Wood Thilsted partner and director Christian LeBlanc Thilsted. “It is in the deep waters of the Atlantic, known for rough climate conditions that present many design challenges. Delivering detailed structural design services for a project of this size has been one of our central aims, and it’s satisfying to fulfill it for Vineyard Wind.”

WSP is partnering with Wood Thilsted, a specialist structural and geotechnical engineering consultancy with extensive experience in wind turbine monopile design, to offer a full suite of technical, project management, and regulatory support services to Vineyard Wind.

WSP provides technical, consulting, and regulatory support services to assist developers in planning, implementing, and operating renewable energy projects, including onshore and offshore wind farms.

The firm’s expertise includes geotechnical, civil, and structural engineering; renewable generation, transmission, and distribution system design; wind resource assessment; and equipment and process quality assurance. Through the Vineyard Wind project, the firm is participating in one of the largest detailed design contracts ever let for offshore wind. 

Source: WSP USA

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