Dominion Energy on March 17 said that it has selected Denmark-based Ramboll as Owner’s Engineer to provide project development and engineering support on the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project.
The company said that it selected Ramboll through a competitive process based on a combination of cost, performance, and Ramboll’s completion of offshore wind projects in 21 countries.
Dominion also noted that earlier this year, it selected Siemens Games Renewable Energy to manufacture the 2,600 MW of wind turbines to be installed on 112,800 acres leased from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) located 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va.
The company said that its selection of Ramboll and Siemens Gamesa comes as it prepares to complete construction on its pilot project – two 6-MW turbines to be installed this spring and scheduled to deliver renewable power to the grid by the end of the year. The company added that it is simultaneously preparing to perform ocean surveys to determine the commercial project’s potential impact to the ocean and sea life, which supports development of the project’s Construction and Operations Plan for submittal to BOEM later this year.
As TransmissionHub reported, Dominion Energy on Sept. 19, 2019, said that it has filed an application with PJM Interconnection to interconnect offshore wind turbines to the transmission grid as part of Dominion Energy’s proposal to build “the largest offshore wind development in the country.”
Dominion Energy said at the time that building on an expected successful deployment of the CVOW project in 2020, the company plans to move forward with its commercial offshore wind project in three phases, each totaling 880 MW, with the first phase of the buildout supporting initial generation of wind energy by 2024. Additional phases will come online in 2025 and 2026, totaling more than 2,600 MW of energy, the company said.
Dominion Energy spokesperson Jeremy Slayton on Sept. 19, 2019, told TransmissionHub: “We estimate the cost to be $2.6 billion per phase – [t]he current cost estimates are based on a European supply chain and we will relentlessly pursue a US-based supply chain and workforce anchored in Hampton Roads to drive down costs.”
Slayton said that in addition to the company submitting its Construction and Operations Plan for approval by the BOEM, the Virginia State Corporation Commission also needs to approve the project.
The company said in its September 2019 statement that it began construction in June 2019 on the 12-MW CVOW project, which, as Dominion Energy noted, is the first fully permitted wind project in U.S. federal waters.