Huisman joins a consortium of offshore wind industry companies led by Dominion Energy to build the vessel.
The crane for the installation vessel will be able to lift 2,200 tonnes and will enable the installation of the new-generation wind turbines.
Dominion Energy announced in May 2020 that it is leading a consortium to build a Jones Act-compliant installation vessel.
The company expects the vessel to be fully utilised on a pipeline exceeding 5 GW of US offshore wind construction though 2027, enabling the investment needed for this first of its kind vessel.
The vessel, which is likely to enter service in 2023, is expected to be based out of the Hampton Roads region of Virginia with a US crew.
In June, Dominion completed installing the 12-MW, two turbine Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind pilot project, 43 km off the coast of Virginia Beach.
Surveys and geotechnical work are also underway for the 2.6 GW full scale CVOW project, which is located in a lease area adjacent to the pilot project. The surveys will support the development of the project’s construction and operations plan, which is due to be submitted to BOEM later this year.
Dominion Energy vice president of generation construction Mark Mitchell said, “A Jones Act-compliant offshore wind installation vessel is vital for the continued growth of the US offshore wind industry.”
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