The transformation of the US energy system into one that includes offshore wind is postponed for now. As early as last year, the owners of project Vineyard Wind, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and Avangrid, acknowledged that, due to an extended environmental impact assessment ordered by authorities, the first full-scale project won't be operational by 2022 as planned.
Apparently, however, Vineyard Wind expects that the project will be realized the succeeding year. In any case, an order has been placed for a transformer substation of 220/115 kV, whose establishment will commence next year with operationalization set for 2023 – even if the order is conditional on the final investment decision on the 800-MW project – according to a statement by Linxon, the recipient of the order.
"We’re proud to reach this agreement, both for the progress it signifies on our first project and also for the jobs it will create locally once we reach financial close," says Vineyard Wind Chief Executive Lars Thaaning Pedersen.
The local jobs pertain to the union-backed labor force that will be used in accordance with Vineyard Wind's contract with Massachusetts, although the statement doesn't specify what and how much work will be done locally.
Linxon is in itself no local business. Rather, the company is a joint venture between Japanese conglomerate Hitachi, which in July took over Swiss-Swedish industrial group ABB's Power Grids division, and Canadian contracting group SNC-Lavalin.
The JV was established nearly two years ago, in September 2018. While offshore wind is far from the only energy technology that uses substations, this is the second wind-related order announced within a short timeframe. In June, Linxon announced an order for design and delivery of equipment for both onshore and offshore substations for British wind farm Seagreen.
English Edit: Jonas Sahl Jørgensen