Statoil, PNE map US offshore push
BOEM receives unsolicited applications for projects off Massachusetts, NY
The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has received unsolicited lease requests from PNE Wind USA and Statoil to develop offshore wind projects off the coasts of New York and Massachusetts.
German developer PNE submitted a request for 40,920 acres offshore New York and is proposing an up to 400MW project to be called Excelsior some 28 nautical miles off Long Island.
The wind farm is based on turbines of between 8MW and 10MW on fixed-bottom foundations.
BOEM said if it decides to move forward with the application, the next step will be to issue a public notice to determine whether there is competitive interest in bidding for the area.
PNE Wind USA and Statoil Wind US both submitted requests for previously unleased areas in the wind energy area off Massachusetts.
PNE is proposing two 400MW projects some 64 and 76 nautical miles off Somerset, again based on turbines of between 8MW and 10MW on fixed foundations.
Statoil is seeking to build a traditional offshore wind farm, not floating, in the same area off Massachusetts. It is proposing an initial phase of between 400MW to 600MW “as a realistic starting point”.
Turbines are sketched at between 8MW and 12MW with foundations either jackets, monopiles or gravity bases.
BOEM said that due to the fact that both parties nominated the same area, a competitive interest exists and it plans to proceed with the competitive leasing process.
Image: Block Island (Deepwater Wind)