Bokalift 2 lifts South Fork Wind offshore substation in place
As the installation of the foundation and the modular support frame at Ørsted and Eversource’s South Fork Wind project was completed, Boskalis and its Bokalift 2 completed the offshore substation installation work by lifting and installing the topside.
Boskalis said this is an important milestone for the US offshore wind industry as this is the first US manufactured offshore wind substation. This substation will collect the green energy generated by the offshore wind turbines and transfer it to shore to supply power for 70,000 households.
The operation was supported by a fleet of more than a dozen vessels, Boskalis said.
The completion on the offshore substation follows only a month after the first steel in the water. Once completed, the wind farm will generate enough renewable energy to power roughly 70,000 homes helping New York meet its ambitious Climate Act goals, while eliminating up to six million tons of carbon emissions, or the equivalent of taking 60,000 cars off the road annually over a 25-year period.
First approved by the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) in 2017, South Fork Wind was selected under a 2015 request for proposals to address growing energy needs on the east end of Long Island. The 12-turbine project is set to be operational before the end of 2023.