WALLINGFORD, Connecticut — To help the US reach its offshore wind generation targets and address global supply chain challenges for the industry, Burns & McDonnell and Bay Ltd. are teaming up to provide US-based engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction of offshore substations.
The engineering will be led from Burns & McDonnell offices in the northeast US, and the fabrication and construction will take place in existing Bay Ltd. facilities in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Burns & McDonnell has appointed Kent to provide structural and safety engineering. Kent, an offshore engineering consultancy, has designed more than 20 offshore substations globally and will add its substantial practical experience through its Houston and Boston offices.
Burns & McDonnell says bringing US-designed and -fabricated offshore substations to market will strengthen the country's offshore wind supply chain, which needs to grow to support making offshore wind a sustainable energy source. The federal government is targeting 30 GW of offshore wind generation capacity by 2030.
“Offshore wind is poised to become a major contributor to carbon reduction efforts globally,” said Ray Kowalik, president and CEO of Burns & McDonnell. “It’s critical to build up local offshore wind industry-specific capabilities for both engineering and manufacturing, which currently primarily exist in Europe, and we’re excited to support that knowledge transfer. Our proven relationship with Bay Ltd. enables us to provide 100% American solutions to the market and drive job creation in the US.”
Burns & McDonnell and Bay Ltd. have 10 years of successful design and fabrication partnerships from previous projects in various industries.