The first eight monopile foundations have been offloaded at the Portsmouth Marine Terminal for Dominion Energy’s 2.6 GW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project.
The foundations, which are a single vertical, steel cylinder, are being manufactured by EEW SPC and will be installed into the sea floor to support the turbines.
More than 750 Virginia-based workers have been engaged on the CVOW project or with other businesses supporting CVOW, including redevelopment work at the Portsmouth Marine Terminal, construction of the offshore wind Monitoring and Coordination Center, maritime provisioning, ship repairs, divers, heavy lift and rigging, cyber security, food service and hospitality. More than 1,000 local jobs will be needed to support ongoing operations and maintenance of this facility after the project is commercial.
The offloading of the foundations was supported by union workers from the International Longshoremen’s Association, the largest union of maritime workers in North America.
CVOW continues to advance through the federal permitting process, having received its final Environmental Impact Statement from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) last month. BOEM is expected to issue its Record of Decision on the project in the coming days.