Empire Offshore Wind, a joint venture between Equinor and bp, has awarded a contract to DEME Offshore US for the transportation and installation of inter-array cables for the Empire Wind 1 and 2 offshore wind farms.
DEME Offshore US will be responsible for the transport and installation of the inter-array cables, which have a total length of over 350 km (217 miles). Empire Wind 1 and 2, located on the East Coast of the US, will be a major contributor to meeting New York State’s ambitious clean energy and climate goals.
The offshore contractor says the contract highlights the continued expansion of the company’s US portfolio through its office in Boston.
DEME cable installation vessels
The installation works will be performed by a cable installation vessel from the DEME fleet in two campaigns. Currently, the company operates cable installation vessel Living Stone (pictured).
The Living Stone will be joined by a second DP3 cable installation vessel, the Viking Neptun, in Q1 2023. This addition to the fleet confirms DEME’s cable installation capabilities and its leading position in the market.
Empire Wind 1 and 2 are being developed by a fifty-fifty partnership between Equinor and bp. Equinor will be the operator through the development, construction, and operations phases of the projects. Once constructed, Empire Wind 1 and 2 will have a total installed capacity of more than 2 GW and will power more than 1 million New York homes.