BOEM to make final decision on Equinor and BP’s Empire Wind project this autumn

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has completed its environmental impact analysis (EIA) of Equinor and BP’s 2GW-plus Empire Wind complex off New York, moving the project to the final stage in the permitting process.

The oil giants plan to use up to 57 turbines at the 816MW Empire Wind 1 project and up to 90 turbines at the 1,260MW Empire Wind 2 project – indicating an average power rating of just over 14MW.

It recently emerged that Equinor and BP are requesting higher contract prices for the Empire Wind projects as they face inflation and higher supply chain costs.

BOEM director Elizabeth Klein said the agency had received feedback on the project from Tribal nations, members of the local community and commercial fishing industry, and other ocean users.

The government agency plans to issue a final decision on the project this autumn.

If approved, Empire Wind is due to be the fifth commercial-scale offshore wind farm approved by BOEM under the Biden-Harris administration.