Kiewit to build South Fork Wind substation

Aug. 25, 2021
This will be the first American-built offshore wind substation.

Offshore staff

AMAGANSETT, New York Ørsted and Eversource have selected Kiewit Offshore Services, Ltd. to design and build the substation for the 132-MW South Fork Wind project offshore New York.

The 1,500-ton, 60-ft (18-m)-tall substation will be built at Kiewit’s facility in Ingleside, Texas, near Corpus Christi. The offshore substation will consist of a topsides installed on a monopile foundation.

Kiewit expects to begin construction in November and complete the work by spring 2023. The substation will then journey across the Gulf of Mexico and up the East Coast for installation at the South Fork Wind site, 35 mi (56 km) east of Montauk Point, New York, in the summer of 2023.

More than 350 workers across three states will support this South Fork Wind structure, according to Ørsted. The fabrication workers in Ingleside will be supported by teams in Houston and Kansas. In addition, hundreds of union workers in the northeast will support the project and additional initiatives in the region.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued the project’s final environmental impact statement on Aug. 16. South Fork Wind remains on-track to be fully permitted in early 2022, with construction activities ramping up soon after. It is expected to be operational by the end of 2023.