EEW SPC had already delivered two monopiles for the 12 MW CVOW pilot project in April 2020, which were the first monopiles to be installed in U.S. waters. Now EEW SPC is also supplying the foundations for the 2,640 MW commercial wind farm, which is the largest currently under development in the USA. The American offshore wind market is one of the most important future markets for the EEW Group. In addition to the construction of a new monopile facility in New Jersey, Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind is another step to participate in the energy transition in America.
"The largest wind farm in Europe to date, Hornsea 1&2, is already on top of our monopiles. Now we are pleased to announce that the largest wind farm in the USA will also be built with our foundations. With the construction of Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind, Dominion Energy is getting closer to its own voluntary goal of being carbon neutral, in terms of power generation, by 2050, and we are pleased that we can also do our part," says Heiko Mützelburg, CEO/Managing Director of EEW SPC.
“EEW SPC is a respected, global leader in the offshore wind industry and provided excellent support during the construction of our CVOW pilot project,” says Joshua Bennett, Dominion Energy vice president of offshore wind. “We look forward to continuing our relationship as we move forward with the construction of our commercial project and bring utility scale offshore wind generation to our Virginia customers.”
EEW SPC will process more than 200,000 tons of steel for the 176 monopiles with a diameter of up to 9.5 meters. Production at the Rostock site is scheduled to begin in spring 2023.
The wind farm itself is located approximately 43 kilometers (27 miles) off the coast of Virginia Beach. Completion is scheduled for 2026. Once operational, CVOW will supply green energy to up to 660,000 homes per year.