Offshore Wind Milestone: South Fork Comes Online


South Fork Wind, a joint venture offshore project between Ørsted and Eversource located 35 miles east of Montauk Point, N.Y., is now complete and sending power to the New York power grid.

A dozen turbines totaling 132 MW are connected via an offshore substation to the local power grid in East Hampton, on Long Island. Haugland Energy Group and Elecnor Hawkeye installed the project’s underground duct bank and onshore substation, and its onshore cables, respectively. Concrete mattresses were manufactured by Roman Stone, another Long Island company, and upstate New York manufacturer Ljungström fabricated steel parts for the project’s foundations. 

South Fork Wind’s turbines were staged and assembled at State Pier in New London, Conn. The project’s advanced foundation components were completed by local union workers at Ørsted and Eversource’s fabrication hub at ProvPort, in Rhode Island. Its crew vessels and crew change helicopter is based out of Quonset Point, Rhode Island.

First approved by the Long Island Power Authority in 2017, South Fork Wind began construction in February 2022, beginning with the onshore export cable system. The wind farm reached its “steel in the water” milestone in June 2023 with the installation of the project’s first monopile foundation. The final turbine was installed in February.

Gov. Kathy Hochul also recently announced two additional offshore wind project awards, Empire Wind I and Sunrise Wind, for over 1.73 GW of wind power and $2 billion in near-term economic development investments.

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