Deepwater Wind has selected a Norwegian company to carry and install the turbines for the Block Island offshore wind farm project. This is the second contract Deepwater has awarded recently.
The Norwegian company, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, is supplying what’s called a liftboat to install the wind turbines. The liftboat, called the Bold Tern, has a large open deck and cranes robust enough to manage the weight and size of a wind turbine while at sea.
Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is the same company that installed a wind turbine off the coast of Belgium for Alstom, the French company supplying the turbines to Deepwater Wind.
Alstom has already started to construct the five 6-megawatt turbines, marking a major milestone for the project.
Deepwater Wind company leaders say the offshore wind farm off Block Island remains on track to be among the nation’s first offshore wind farms. They hope it will be up and running some time next year.