A specially formed consortium between GE Renewable Energy’s Grid Solutions and New York-based BOND Civil & Utility Construction won an EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Construction) contract from Empire Offshore Wind, a joint venture between Equinor and BP, to supply a digital onshore substation for Empire Wind 1, one of New York’s first offshore wind farm projects.
Empire Wind 1 is planned for an area of 80,000 acres, in federal waters, an average of 20 miles south of Long Island, east of the Rockaways. Once operational, it will power more than 500,000 New York homes.
According to a GE press release, the GE-BOND consortium led by GE’s Grid Solutions will be responsible for delivering the onshore substation and interconnection cable in Brooklyn, NY, on an EPC basis, as well as designing and supplying the high-voltage electrical systems for the offshore substation. BOND Civil & Utility will be responsible for all aspects of construction of the onshore substation and interconnection cable, site restoration, and high voltage electric equipment installation for the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT) substation. Development of the onshore and offshore substations will start this year, with construction expected to begin during the second half of 2023.
In other news at GE's Renewable Energy division, the company also won a contract from Iberdrola Australia for the delivery and installation of onshore wind turbines. GE Renewable Energy will be responsible for supplying 38 units of its 3.8MW wind turbines. The turbines will be set up at the Flyers Creek wind farm, which is under the development stage near Orange in New South Wales, Australia. The deal will likely help the 145.5MW wind farm to generate sufficient power for 86,000 households.