Offshore Wind Generation
ENTRUST Solutions Group was called on to provide project management, owner’s engineer, and outage planning services for the first commercial offshore wind farm in the United States, located three miles off the shore of Rhode Island. Construction of the five turbine, 30-million-watt project began in 2015, and in late summer 2016 five Alstom Haliade 150-6-MW turbines were erected. The project interconnects to the client’s 34.5 kV sub-transmission system and supplies power to Block Island and the mainland. Our client is the interconnecting utility and the owner/operator of the facilities.
Because there were no precedents for this type of project, challenges included gaining new experience with permitting, constructing, and commissioning. In addition, ENTRUST Solutions Group facilitated communication among all of the stakeholders, including state and federal authorities. Finally, several severe weather events impacted the timeline of the project.