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UNITED STATES: Construction work has begun on the foundations for Deepwater Wind's 30MW Block Island project, set to be the first offshore development in the US.

  • Fabrication of Block Island's foundations is underway in Louisiana, US

    Fabrication of Block Island's foundations is underway in Louisiana, US

  • Deepwater Wind contracted Gulf Island Fabrication to construct jacket foundations

    Deepwater Wind contracted Gulf Island Fabrication to construct jacket foundations

  • The jackets will support five Alstom 6MW turbines

    The jackets will support five Alstom 6MW turbines

  • Delivery of the 1,500 tonne jacket structures is due to take place in the summer

    Delivery of the 1,500 tonne jacket structures is due to take place in the summer

  • Rhode Island-based firm Specialty Diving Services has been subcontracted to provide some fabrication

    Rhode Island-based firm Specialty Diving Services has been subcontracted to provide some fabrication

  • The project is expected online next year

    The project is expected online next year

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In November, developer Deepwater Wind contracted Gulf Island Fabrication to construct jacket foundations for the demonstration project. 

The foundations are being constructed at Gulf Island's facility in Houma, Louisiana. As part of Gulf Island's deal with Deepwater Wind, Rhode Island business Speciality Diving Services has been subcontracted to provide some components for the foundations.

Delivery of the 1,500 tonne jacket structures is due to take place in the summer of 2015. Block Island is located five kilometres off the Rhode Island coast, northeast US.

The foundations will be used to support five Alstom Haliade 6MW turbines, which are due to be installed in autumn 2015. The project is expected to be online in 2016. 

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