Ventolines has signed as an offshore wind expert partner for the Mayflower Wind project off Massachusetts and opened its first permanent U.S. office in Boston.
Mayflower Wind, a joint venture between Shell New Energies and Ocean Winds (the global offshore wind partnership between EDP Renewables and ENGIE), will produce enough clean energy to power more than half a million homes in Massachusetts. The project uses a federal lease area roughly 30 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard and 23 miles south of Nantucket. Mayflower has power purchase agreements in effect with Massachusetts 804 megawatt (MW) power generation utilities.
Ventolines will provide T&I (transport and installation) expertise on the substation, foundations, array cables, and wind turbines.
“This project signals the advent of large-scale offshore wind energy in America, and we are pleased to be able to add our expertise on projects of this scale.”Lorry Wagner, Ventolines US representative.
Ventolines oversaw the construction of turbines and advised on asset management for the first offshore wind farm in the United States, off Rhode Island. It also offered technical due diligence for the procurement of turbines and technical support for the negotiation of the turbine supply contract for offshore wind projects planned for Maryland and New York.
“Our formal entry into the U.S. market is the next logical step in our company’s evolution.”Thibaut de Groen, Ventolines’ director of contracting and construction.
From their new Boston office, Ventolines will seek new possibilities in the U.S. energy industry.