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Second US offshore project begins construction

Construction activities have started at Dominion Energy's 12MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) demonstration project.

Construction is now under way at the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project
Construction is now under way at the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project

The crew is working on an 800-metre onshore trench that will hold the cable connecting the project to the onshore grid.

A barge and construction platform have also been positioned at the site of CVOW, said a Dominion spokeswoman.

The project, 43km off Virginia Beach, was jointly developed with Ørsted, after the companies agreed a strategic cooperation deal in July 2017.

The two Siemens Gamesa SWT-6.0-154 turbines will be online in 2020.

(Left to right): Kit Chopin, Port of Virginia; Senator Frank Wagner; Bobby Dyer, Mayor of Virginia Beach; Thomas F. Farrell II, Dominion Energy; Ralph Northam, Governor of Virginia; Paul Koonce, Dominion Energy; Senator Bill DeSteph; Hayes Framme, Ørsted

Dominion had been awarded a $4 million advanced technology offshore demonstration grant for the project by the US Department of Energy (DOE) in December 2012 and another $47 million of government funding in May 2014 but was dropped from the DOE programme in May 2016.

Last November, however, the state approved the project.

Dominion anticipates investing $1.1 billion in offshore wind through 2023 and has plans for as much as 2GW off the Virginia coast near CVOW.

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