January 8 (Renewables Now) - Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE) has been selected as the preferred turbine supplier for the 2,640-MW Dominion Energy Virginia Offshore Wind project in the US.
The order is subject to Dominion Energy taking the final investment decision, governmental permitting and other required approvals. The exact number of turbines to be supplied from Siemens Gamesa's Direct Drive platform is yet to be determined.
Siemens Gamesa's job will also include early works to support project development, including turbine layouts for use in the Construction and Operations Plan (COP) submittal to the US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in late 2020. In addition, the company has secured a long-term service and maintenance agreement.
To be located off the coast of Virginia, the offshore wind project is the largest of its kind in the country to date. Upon completion by 2026, it is expected to generate enough electricity to meet the demand of 650,000 homes, while offsetting 3.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.
Siemens Gamesa has already agreed to deliver 6-MW units of its SWT-6.0-154 wind turbines for the 12-MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project, which obtained in October key permits for the design, fabrication and installation.
“We’re confident that offshore wind power is already one of the fastest-growing, most important contributors on which Virginia state agencies can draw to reach their ambitious renewable energy goals. Receiving 30 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030 is fully feasible, and we are eager to lead the way for the citizens of the Commonwealth,” says Steve Dayney, Head of Offshore North America at Siemens Gamesa.
The latest deal aligns with the country's goal to add 25 GW of renewable energy by 2030 to its grid, Siemens Gamesa noted.