WSP USA, an engineering and professional services consultancy, has been named the professional engineer for the offshore HVDC converter platform for Sunrise Wind Farm, the first U.S. offshore wind project to use HVDC technology.
Located more than 30 miles off the coast of Montauk Point State Park on Long Island, Sunrise Wind is a joint venture of Orsted Offshore North America, a Danish multinational power company, and Eversource Energy, a New England-based energy company. When completed and operational in 2025, it will be one of the largest offshore wind farms in the U.S.
WSP is providing engineering services to Aker Solutions to assist in the design of the HVDC platform, ensuring that it is compliant with applicable U.S. codes and standards.
Siemens Energy, in association with Aker Solutions, will supply the transmission system for the utility-scale 924-MW offshore wind farm. A submarine transmission cable stretching nearly 100 miles will connect Sunrise Wind to a grid located in Holbrook, N.Y. that will provide energy to power more than 600,000 homes in New York State.
Orsted and Eversource are investing $400 million in New York State to build Sunrise Wind. Local companies will be part of the team creating portions of the HVDC work, including the onshore converter stations, which will create jobs and provide additional offshore wind experience to the regions’ workforce. Sunrise Wind is expected to provide up to 800 direct jobs during construction, as well as up to 100 permanent full-time jobs servicing the wind farm during operations.