TEDC/DCI/W&S – Atlantic Wind Connection – Virginia - Project Profile
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Atlantic Grid Development LLC (AGD), a joint venture of Trans-Elect Development Company (TEDC), DC Interconnections (DCI) and Winston & Strawn LLP (W&S), is planning to undertake the Atlantic Wind Connection project from the coast of Virginia to New Jersey, the US.
The project involves the construction of a 563km underwater HVDC transmission network of 6,000MW capacity which is enough to power over two-million homes. The project is planned to be constructed in three phases.
The first phase named as New Jersey Energy Link, costing US$1,800 million, includes construction of high-capacity backbone transmission line links south Jersey with north Jersey. This phase is designed to have an advanced transmission system buried underground and under the seabed where it is protected from storms and free of NIMBY opposition.
The second phase named as Delmarva Energy Link includes the construction of an offshore electrical transmission cable that will serve wind farms to be built at least 16km off the coasts of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Buried under the ocean floor and running the length of the coastline, the Delmarva Energy Link will bring power to shore at three locations serving Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. When complete, it will be capable of carrying 3,000MW of offshore wind – enough to power more than one-million homes.
The Delmarva Energy Link is expected to be built in two phases. The first phase will connect Delaware to Maryland with two offshore hubs serving the Wind Energy Areas off the coasts of both states. The second phase connects the first phase to Virginia and adds an offshore hub serving the Wind Energy Area off the coast of Virginia.
The third phase named as Bay Link would complete the Atlantic Wind Connection project by connecting the New Jersey Energy Link and the Delmarva Energy Link, creating a continuous north-south offshore backbone.
The project also includes the construction of related infrastructure, and the laying of underwater cables.
In March 2011, a right-of-way application has been submitted to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), under the federal government’s permitting regime for siting and building alternative energy projects off the coast of the United States.
Google Inc, Marubeni Corporation, Elia (ELI) and Bregal Energy (formerly known as Good Energies Capital) have been identified as the investors and associated developers.
In January 2013, Bechtel Corporation has been appointed as the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Contractor for first phase.
Alstom has been appointed as the Process Technology Consultant, and IHS Inc and PJM Interconnection as the study consultants.
AGD is in process of securing regulatory approvals from concerned authorities.
The project involves the construction of 563km underwater HVDC transmission network of 6,000MW capacity in New Jersey, the US.
The US$5,000 million project includes the following:
1. Laying of underwater cables
2. Installation of a power transmission towers
3. Installation of transformers
4. Construction of a substation
5. Construction of other related infrastructure
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