US approves another commercial-scale offshore wind project

The US has approved the construction and operations of the South Fork offshore wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island, becoming the second commercial-scale wind project to receive federal approval.

Proposed by joint venture partners Ørsted and Eversource, the South Fork project follows the consent for the Vineyard Wind development off Martha’s Vineyard earlier this year.

The 132 MW project will be located around 30 km southeast of Block Island, Rhode Island, and 56 km east of Montauk Point, New York. It will create about 340 jobs and provide enough power for about 70,000 homes when it begins operations at the end of 2023.

Construction on South Fork Wind should begin shortly, with onshore activities commencing as early as January 2022. US offshore fabricator Kiewit Offshore Services is designing and building the project’s offshore substation. The project’s monopile foundations and 11 MW Siemens Gamesa wind turbines are anticipated to be installed offshore during the summer of 2023