Engineering consulting group COWI has been contracted by Empire Offshore Wind, a joint venture between Equinor and BP, to deliver turnkey design for the wind turbine foundations for Empire Wind 1 and 2 off the coast of Long Island, New York

With an anticipated generation capacity of more than 2 GW of renewable power, the Empire Wind development will utilize 15-MW wind turbines. COWI will provide over 100 experts to work on all aspects of the wind turbine foundation design, from the tower interface to the seabed fastening – including steel, geotechnical and electrical design for the project as well as engineering support for fabrication, transportation and installation.

The development spans 80,000 acres and is in water depths ranging from 65 to 131 ft. The project calls for the detailed engineering of 138 foundations with diameters of approximately 30 ft and lengths up to 330 ft.

“We’re thrilled to be supporting Equinor and BP on one of the largest offshore wind projects in the U.S,” said Greg Matzat, Market Director, Offshore Wind & Renewables at COWI. “It’s developments like this that really excite us, a complex engineering project, at the head of the development of a new industry in the U.S., that has huge social benefits and will help New York and the U.S. achieve their renewable energy goals.”

The announcement adds Empire Wind to COWI’s large offshore wind portfolio in the United States, having previously won a seven-year contract for Vineyard Wind in Massachusetts. The company has also secured numerous other projects on both coasts with respect to marine terminals, site assessments, geotechnical analysis, turbine and offshore substation foundation designs. COWI has been engineering wind solutions in Europe since 1980, is also active in Asia and has over 1,200 turbine foundations of their design installed worldwide.

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