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Milestone Reached: First Monopiles Arrive At Offshore Wind Staging Port At Portsmouth Marine Terminal

Posted on November 8, 2023

Skanska announces that it has completed the first of three wharfs on-time as part of its work redeveloping approximately 72 acres of the 287-acre Portsmouth Marine Terminal for use as an offshore wind staging port. This coincides with the delivery of the first eight monopile foundations for Dominion Energy’s Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) commercial project, bringing them one step closer to starting construction.

The monopiles were safely offloaded at Portsmouth Marine Terminal where they will be staged until installation of the 2.6-gigawatt project, enough electricity to power 660,000 homes, begins in the spring of 2024.

“We are very happy to have delivered this first of three wharfs safely and on time, finding opportunities for efficiency and sustainability along the way,” said Tom Fulton, senior vice president, Skanska. “This would not have been possible without the true partnership that exists between Dominion, Port of Virginia, Jacobs, Moffat Nichol and Skanska. Together we’ve been able to roll up our sleeves and solve problems in real time while also investing in local business and strengthening the local workforce. We appreciate Governor Youngkin’s vision to reinvigorate job growth and make Virginia the best place to live, work and raise a family.”

Skanska’s work improving 1,500 feet of an existing 3,540-foot wharf includes:

  • Constructing three heavy lift berths, the wind turbine generator delivery berth, the wind turbine generator load-out berth, and the berth for the steel tube monopiles
  • Dredging a channel and access area to support a Mediterranean mooring configuration
  • Strengthening the soils and surface in the upland areas to accommodate handling heavy surface loadings from crane, self-propelled modular transporters, wind turbine generator, and monopile and transition piece components
  • Installing high mast lighting, stormwater collection systems, perimeter fencing, and other ancillary structures and systems.

CVOW, the largest offshore wind project under development in the United States, is expected to generate fuel savings of $3 billion for customers during the project’s first 10 years of operation.

Skanska uses knowledge & foresight to shape the way people live, work, and connect. More than 135 years in the making, we’re one of the world’s largest development and construction companies. We operate in select markets throughout the Nordics, Europe and the United States. Skanska in the U.S. is headquartered in New York City with 29 offices around the country. In 2022, construction in the U.S. generated $6.9 billion in revenue, and as a developer in the U.S., Skanska has invested a total of $3.5 billion in commercial and multi-family projects. Together with our customers and the collective expertise of our 6,500 teammates in the U.S. and 28,000 globally, we create innovative and sustainable solutions that support healthy living beyond our lifetime.


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