Singapore-headquartered Seatrium Limited reports that its Sembcorp Marine Offshore Platforms Pte. Ltd. (SMOP) subsidiary has been awarded a contract by Empire Offshore Wind LLC worth more than $378 million to cover the engineering, procurement, construction, offshore hook-up and commissioning of two offshore substation (OSS) platforms for the Empire Wind 1 and 2 offshore wind farms located about 20 miles south of Long Island, N.Y.
As you will recall, Empire Offshore Wind is a joint venture of Equinor and BP and following completion the OSS platforms will be operated by Equinor. Construction works on the 810 MW Empire Wind 1 platform and the 1,260 MW Empire Wind 2 platform are expected to commence in the end of 2023 and second half of 2024 respectively at Seatrium’s Singapore and Indonesia yards. Seatrium is also constructing the next generation wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV) ordered at Sembcorp Marine by Maersk Supply for deployment at the Empire Wind farms (in partnership with Kirby Offshore Wind, a subsidiary of Kirby Corporation, which will provide the feeder barge spread in compliance with the Jones Act. Seatrium’s Keppel AmFELS shipyard in Brownsville, Texas, meantime, is constructing the first (and thus far only) Jones Act compliant
WTIV to be ordered at a U.S. shipyard. Seriously, why aren’t these assets all being built in the USA under the Biden Administration’s buy America protocols for alternate energy? At Hofmann & Schweitzer, we will continue to update you on the status of where and when these excellent construction and maritime job opportunities in the wind energy development field will occur. We will be there for the needs of labor if you or your loved one is injured, which can be disastrous to your family.