NEW YORK – Empire Offshore Wind, a joint venture between Equinor and bp, has contracted COWI to deliver a turnkey design for the wind turbine foundations for the Empire Wind 1 and 2 projects off the coast of Long Island, New York.
COWI will provide more than 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 (125 sq mi) and is in water depths ranging from 65 to 131 ft (20 to 40 m). The project calls for the detailed engineering of 138 foundations with diameters of about 30 ft (9.1 m) and lengths up to 330 ft (101 m).
With an anticipated generation capacity of more than 2 GW, the Empire Wind development will use 15-MW wind turbines.
According to COWI, this is the company’s largest contract in the US to date.