The installation of the first of 12 Siemens Gamesa turbines has been completed at the 132-MW South Fork offshore wind park off Long Island in New York, Governor Kathy Hochul’s press office announced on Monday.
The project will create New York’s first offshore wind complex and the first utility-scale wind farm in US federal waters, enabling the power supply to more than 70,000 homes annually. Being built 35 miles (56.3km) east of Montauk Point and 19 miles southeast of Block Island, Rhode Island, it is expected to become fully operational by the end of 2023 or early in 2024.
The offshore project was put forward by a joint venture of New England utility Eversource Energy (NYSE:ES) and Denmark’s Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED). The partners struck an agreement this year for Ørsted to buy out Eversource Energy’s stake in a number of their offshore wind ventures, including South Fork Wind.
South Fork was selected in 2015 to deliver electricity to Long Island Power Authority and PSEG Long Island, a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group. Construction works for the project were launched in February last year and the first monopile foundation was put into place this summer.