Vineyard Wind, the joint venture between Avangrid Renewables, a subsidiary of Avangrid and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, has selected Southwire, a US-based company, to provide the project’s onshore cables
Southwire will design, manufacture and install the onshore cables for Vineyard Wind 1, the first commercial-scale offshore windfarm in the US.
Vineyard Wind chief executive Lars Pedersen said, “We are proud to partner with Southwire, a leading US company that clearly sees the tremendous potential of offshore wind.
“Partnerships with US companies at all levels of the supply chain and in different regions of the country will be essential to maximising the potential of this industry here in the US.
“Vineyard Wind 1 has already teamed up with some strong local partners and we look forward to many more partnerships like this as we take the next step to construct the project.”
Southwire president and chief executive Rich Stinson said, “Vineyard Wind 1 is an exciting project for all involved.
“Through this partnership, Southwire is providing a comprehensive solution to our customer, while also supporting our commitment to sustainability. We’re proud to partner with companies like Vineyard Wind that have similar missions to support the wellbeing of our communities and the environment in which we live.”
Southwire’s facility in Huntersville, North Carolina will manufacture the high-voltage cable for the onshore portion of Vineyard Wind 1. The plant produces high-voltage and extra high-voltage underground transmission cables ranging from 69 kV to 500 kV.
Vineyard Wind deputy chief executive Sy Oytan said, “We’re excited to get to this stage in the project, and to partner with a US-based company like Southwire.
“We believe that offshore wind will trigger supply chain development that will create thousands of good paying new jobs in the US.”
For the Vineyard 1 project, the plant will manufacture more than 51 km of high-voltage cable. Southwire’s high-voltage field services team, working with local labourers, will install the cable with a projected onshore site completion by Q1 2023.