Kongsberg Maritime has received $40 million contract to supply equipment for the first Wind Turbine Installation Vessel being built in the United States.
The WTIV is under construction at the Keppel AmFELS shipyard in Brownsville, Texas for U.S. energy company Dominion Energy. The new WTIV, one of the biggest of its kind in the world, will be able to transport and install several sets of next-generation wind turbines and their foundations for offshore wind projects slated for the U.S. East Coast.
The vessel will be the first vessel of its type to be built within the requirements of the Jones Act, which will apply to renewable energy production on the U.S. federal waters.
Delivery of the vessel is planned by the end of 2023.
“Kongsberg Maritime brings years of experience and state-of-the-art technology to the construction of America’s first Jones Act-compliant offshore wind turbine installation vessel, which is a critical asset for the growth of offshore wind generation in the U.S.,” said Mark D. Mitchell, Dominion Energy’s senior vice president of project construction.
Kongsberg Maritime will deliver an integrated solution, with motion control, propulsion and dynamic positioning to ensure the best possible operation in all conditions. In addition, the company will supply propulsion, deck machinery, electrical and automation systems, together with telecommunications equipment.
“We take a genuine pride in bringing the benefits of our technological expertise to all maritime sectors,” added Egil Haugsdal, President, Kongsberg Maritime. “The bespoke solution we have devised for wind turbine installation vessels indicates how much thought and effort we devote to facilitating and encouraging sustainable marine operations. We are pleased to be a key supplier to the first WTIV to be built under the Jones Act requirements, ably demonstrating that Kongsberg Maritime is well placed to be a trusted partner in WTIV construction projects for the U.S. market.”