Vineyard Wind continues its progress with new turbine foundation design

Aerial view of wind turbines at sea, North Holland, Netherlands

WSP USA said on Tuesday that is has been selected to provide detailed design services for the wind turbine foundations for the 800-MW Vineyard Wind project offshore of Massachusetts.

The company had previously completed design of wind turbine foundations for the project, but due to recent permitting changes, the turbine layout was modified by Vineyard Wind and required a re-design of the foundations.

The scope includes design of the primary steel, secondary steel and electrical components for the monopiles and transition pieces. WSP and its subcontractor partners, Wood Thilsted, a specialist structural and geotechnical engineering consultancy with experience in wind turbine monopile design; and C2Wind, an offshore wind power design consultancy, will deliver a design solution for the project.

Located 15 miles off the coast of Massachusetts, when fully operational, the 800-MW Vineyard Wind is expected to reduce carbon emissions by over 1.6 million tons per year – equivalent to removing 325,000 vehicles from the road. Over its first 20 years of operations, it is expected to generate $1.4 billion in energy-related cost savings.

“WSP has a strong track record in offshore wind in Europe, having worked on over 30 projects totaling about 23 gigawatts (GW) of capacity,” said Matt Palmer, WSP vice president and offshore wind manager. “With a global team bringing a range of specific offshore wind experience that is growing in the U.S. we’re proud to have the opportunity to do the same for the Vineyard Wind project.”

Vineyard Wind is projected to create more than 3,600 local full-time equivalent jobs over the life of the project, starting with in-state construction next year. For WSP, Vineyard Wind was the primary driver behind the creation of eight new professional jobs in the U.S., as well as providing work for almost a dozen individuals in WSP’s Boston office.

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Jennifer Runyon has been studying and reporting about the world's transition to clean energy since 2007. As editor of the world's largest renewable energy publication, Renewable Energy World, she observed, interviewed experts about, and reported on major clean energy milestones including Germany's explosive growth of solar PV, the formation and development of the U.S. onshore wind industry, the U.K. offshore wind boom, China's solar manufacturing dominance, the rise of energy storage, the changing landscape for utilities and grid operators and much, much, more. Today, in addition to managing content on POWERGRID International, she also serves as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH, a globally recognized conference for the transmission and distribution industry. You can reach her at

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