Dutch firm seeks to capitalize on growing US offshore wind industry; sets up in Boston

Ventolines acted as project director for the construction of Westermeerwind, which was completed in 2016 in the near waters offshore of the Netherlands. Credit: Ventolines.

Dutch renewable energy company Ventolines announced in December that it has opened its first permanent U.S. office in Boston and will be providing expertise for the Mayflower Wind project off the Massachusetts coast.

Mayflower Wind, a joint venture of Shell New Energies and Ocean Winds (the global offshore wind collaboration between EDP Renewables and ENGIE) will be situated on a Federal lease area about 30 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard and 23 miles south of Nantucket. Mayflower has power purchase agreements in place with Massachusetts utilities for 804 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity.

Ventolines supervised the installation of turbines and advised on asset management for the first offshore wind farm in the United States, off Rhode Island. It supplied technical due diligence for the turbine selection, and technical support for negotiating the turbine supply contract, on offshore wind projects planned for Maryland and New York, as well.

For Mayflower Wind, Ventolines will provide T&I (transport and installation) expertise on the substation, foundations, array cables, and wind turbines. “This project signals the advent of large-scale offshore wind energy in America, and we are pleased to be able to add our expertise on projects of this scale,” said Lorry Wagner, who is representing Ventolines in the U.S.

 “We are proud to be part of the team bringing more wind farms and sustainable energy to the U.S.,” said Thibaut de Groen, Ventolines’ Director of Contracting and Construction.

“Our formal entry into the U.S. market is the next logical step in our company’s evolution,” added de Groen.

From their new office in Boston, Ventolines will explore new opportunities in the U.S. energy market and those are seemingly plentiful, it said. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Management has awarded16 leases for offshore wind farms from Massachusetts to North Carolina.

Headquartered in Almere, near Amsterdam, with a staff of nearly 100 experts, Ventolines has become a player in renewable energy in Europe, specifically in the Netherlands, by providing services to all phases of wind, solar and storage projects: development, contracting, legal matters, system integration, construction, and asset management, it says. The company offers advice on Power Purchase Agreements, the electricity market, and stakeholder management, as well as financial and legal advice and technical due diligence in investment, divestment and financing transactions.

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