CALIFORNIA — The Coastal Virginia offshore wind farm, located between 27 and 42 miles (43-67 km) off the coast of Virginia Beach, is scheduled to become operational in 2026.
This new facility, operated by Dominion Energy, will have 176 turbines with an energy output of about 2.6 GW, divided into three areas. In each area, the turbines will be connected by interarray cables to each of the three offshore substations, where the power produced will be transformed from 66 kV to 235 kV. From these stations, the energy will travel to shore via three 235-kV 3-core cables.
Sarens has been commissioned by Virginia International Terminals to receive and load out the monopiles and transition pieces for the 176 turbines, as well as the jackets on which the three substations and their corresponding topsides will be placed. The project work will last until 2025.
The first transport operation of this kind took place on Oct. 19, when the Sun Shine vessel arrived at the Portsmouth Marine Terminal with the first eight monopiles from Rostock, Germany. Once there, the Sarens team unloaded these parts from its shipping saddles and transported them to the place where they will be stored before traveling to their final location.
The Coastal Virginia offshore wind farm is one of 12 offshore wind facilities on the US east coast of the US, and it will be the largest in the country.