DEME supports US large-scale offshore wind farm


United StatesBelgian DEME will serve as Vineyard Wind’s contractor for the offshore transport and installation of the wind turbine generators for its Vineyard Wind 1 project in USA.

DEME Offshore US is teaming up with FOSS Maritime Company for the project. FOSS will provide the Jones Act compliant feeder vessels, a concept by which the wind turbines will be transported from the port of New Bedford to the specialized installation jack-up vessel. The DEME Offshore US office in Massachusetts will be the base of operations for activities for the Vineyard Wind project.

“DEME Offshore US is proud to work together with Vineyard Wind on the start of a new era in the US offshore wind market,” said Jan Klaassen, Director DEME Offshore US.

First US large-scale offshore wind farm

Located 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Vineyard Wind 1 is slated to become the first large-scale offshore wind farm in the United States. With a generating capacity of 800 megawatts (MW), the project will provide significant benefits to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by providing clean electricity to power more than 400,000 homes, creating thousands of jobs, and reducing electricity rates by $1.4 billion over the first 20 years of operation. The project is also expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.68 million metric tons annually, the equivalent of taking 325,000 cars off the road each year.

Vineyard Wind is expected to reach financial close in the second half of 2021 and begin delivering clean energy to Massachusetts in 2023.