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Seatrium to Build Substations for Empire Wind Offshore Wind Farms in US

Posted on May 10, 2023

Singapore-based Seatrium, formerly known as Sembcorp Marine, has secured a $377m contract to construct two offshore wind farm substations for Empire Offshore Wind, a joint venture between Equinor and BP.

The contract will involve the engineering, procurement, construction, offshore hook-up, and commissioning of two Offshore Substation Platforms for Empire Wind 1 and 2 Offshore Wind Farms located south of Long Island, New York. Construction works on the 810MW Empire Wind 1 platform and the 1,260MW Empire Wind 2 platform are expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2023 and second half of 2024, respectively, at Seatrium’s Singapore and Indonesia yards.

Seatrium said this latest contract win will help to strengthen its expertise in delivering turnkey solutions for the offshore renewables and wind energy sector. The group is also constructing a next-generation Wind Turbine Installation Vessel (WTIV) to install turbines at the Empire Wind farms with customer Maersk Supply Service.

Seatrium has a track record of offshore wind farm solutions, including the WTIV Blue Tern (previously Seafox 5) in 2012, an offshore substation platform in 2016 for the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm in the UK North Sea, and two offshore wind farm substations in 2021 for the Greater Changhua 1 and 2a Offshore Wind Farms in Taiwan. The company is also currently working on three 2GW HVDC offshore converter platform projects for offshore wind farm projects in the Netherlands and other key wind energy projects worldwide. Seatrium is also constructing an additional WTIV for Maersk Supply Service, which will support Equinor and BP’s Beacon Wind development off Nantucket, Massachusetts, in additional to the engineering, procurement and construction of a WTIV newbuild for Dominion Energy.

Chris Ong, CEO of Seatrium, said that the contract win was an endorsement of the company’s expertise in delivering a diverse suite of turnkey solutions for the offshore renewables and wind energy sector.

Meanwhile, Samuel Wong, Executive Vice President and Head of SMOP, expressed his commitment to working in close partnership with the Empire Wind team to achieve high standards of safety, quality, sustainability, and performance, as well as execution excellence and timely delivery of both OSS Platforms.

“We would like to thank Empire Wind for their confidence in awarding us the turnkey construction of the two OSS Platforms for the Empire Wind 1 and 2 Wind Farms,” said Wong.


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