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Wood Thilsted and WSP to design foundations for US’s largest offshore windfarm

Wood Thilsted and WSP have won the contract to design the foundations for offshore wind project off the Massachusetts coast.

In partnership with Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, the Vineyard Wind farm will be the first utility-scale offshore wind farm in the US as well as the largest offshore wind development in the country.

Wood Thilsted will complete the geotechnical and structural design of offshore wind turbine foundations, whilst WSP will provide regulatory assistance and overall project management.

Wood Thilsted partner and director Christian LeBlanc Thilsted said: “This is a pioneering project in the offshore wind industry.

“It is in the deep waters of the Atlantic, known for rough climate conditions that present many design challenges. Delivering detailed structural design services for a project of this size has been one of our central aims, and it’s satisfying to fulfill it for Vineyard Wind.”

When completed, the 800MW windfarm will deliver a reliable supply of energy for around than 450,000 homes.

WSP offshore wind manager Matthew Palmer added: “WSP and Wood Thilsted have taken a significant step toward becoming leading consultants in delivering US offshore wind energy projects. We have already provided support for the European offshore wind industry, and we’re proud to be doing the same for Vineyard Wind here in the US.”

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