German offshore wind monopile maker EEW SPC mentioned Monday that the primary eight monopiles for the Dominion Vitality Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Challenge within the U.S. have been loaded on the Rostock quayside in Germany, and set sail for the U.S. on September 21, 2023.

In preparation for RoRo loading, the monopiles have been lifted into the transport cradle utilizing the Strand Jack system. 

Now aboard the service deck, the foundations are on their strategy to Portsmouth Marine Terminal in Portsmouth, Va., USA, the place they’ll arrive in roughly two and a half weeks.

In whole, EEW SPC will produce 176 monopile foundations which can be as much as 83 meters lengthy, weigh 1,538 tons and have a diameter as much as 9.5 meters. 

The biggest offshore wind venture within the USA up to now is predicted to supply electrical energy for as much as 660,000 houses as soon as building is full in 2026.

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Vitality Administration (BOEM) mentioned Monday it had accomplished its environmental assessment of the proposed Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) venture.

“The completion of CVOW’s environmental assessment is one other vital milestone to maintain the venture on time and on funds. Regulated offshore wind has many advantages for our clients and native economies – it is fuel-free, emissions-free, and diversifies our gas combine to keep up the reliability of the grid,” mentioned Bob Blue, Dominion Vitality’s chair, president, and chief govt officer.

Dominion Vitality is proposing to assemble 176 14.7-megawatt wind generators and three offshore substations in a 112,800-acre industrial lease space positioned 27 miles off the Virginia Seaside coast.