Ramboll is supporting the US energy company Dominion Energy in the development and engineering aspects of the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project, which will become the largest offshore wind farm in the United States and one of the largest in the world.
The 2.6 GW offshore wind farm will supply 650,000 US homes with zero-carbon electricity when in service by the end of 2026. It will make a significant contribution to the state of Virginia's target of 30 percent renewable electricity by 2030.
Ramboll is as the Owner’s Engineer providing consultancy to Dominion Energy on all development and engineering aspects of the farm. Ramboll’s role in this ambitious offshore wind project is strategically important. It allows Ramboll to not only bring to the table its experience in project development and owner’s engineering, but also in-depth expertise in detailed engineering and design across all relevant project packages, which provides Dominion Energy with a one-stop-shop solution.
Ramboll has worked in the US offshore wind market for more than 15 years but has been present on the European market for 30 years. It has a proven track record of successfully completed offshore wind projects in 21 countries and has designed the foundations for over 50 percent of all offshore wind turbines in the world and has been involved in many other aspects along the project lifecycle of the majority of the world’s offshore wind farms. In addition, in 2019, Ramboll acquired the US engineering company OBG (O'Brien & Gere) and got 900 energy, water and environment experts on board. With a total of 2,000 employees in the US, Ramboll is now even better equipped to handle the tough conditions in the US offshore wind market, which is characterized by State- and Federal-specific permitting requirements, but also demanding rules towards local content, which can both be dealt best with by having the right experts in the right US States.
Upon project award, Mark D. Mitchell, Dominion Energy’s vice president of generation construction, said: “Ramboll is a respected, global leader in the offshore wind industry and their expertise will prove to be a valuable asset as we develop our Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project,. Working with experienced offshore wind leaders, such as Ramboll, will help us bring clean, renewable energy to our customers and achieve our goal of net zero emissions.”
The Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project underlines the US’s high ambitions in offshore wind. Although at present the US has only established 30 MW offshore wind, compared to approx. 20 GW in Europe, the Americans are planning major expansions in the coming years. This project emphasizes that the US is well in the process of meeting the ambition of more than 20 GW offshore wind in 2030.
Dominion Energy's offshore wind projects are part of the company's comprehensive clean energy strategy to achieve net zero carbon dioxide and methane emissions from its power generation and gas infrastructure operations by 2050. To accomplish this goal, the company is rapidly expanding solar and wind energy across Virginia, in partnership with zero-carbon nuclear and low-carbon natural gas. Additionally, the company is investing in renewable natural gas, battery storage, pumped hydroelectric storage and other resources that can support the intermittent nature of solar and wind.