Dominion Energy announced a signed agreement with DONG Energy for the construction of two 60MW turbines 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.
The next steps for the two companies will be refining agreements for engineering, procurement and construction. Dominion remains the sole owner of the revived Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project.
Installation is expected by the end of 2020, with timing dependent on factors including weather and protected species migration patterns.
“Virginia is now positioned to be a leader in developing more renewable energy thanks to the Commonwealth’s committed leadership and DONG’s unrivaled expertise in building offshore wind farms,” said Thomas F. Farrell, II, Dominion Energy’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “While we have faced many technological challenges and even more doubters as we advanced this project, we have been steadfast in our commitment to our customers and the communities we serve.”
The two turbines on the 135-acre site could just be the start of offshore wind development for the companies, as they anticipate it will provide operational, weather and environmental experience for further development on an additional 112,800 acres leased by Dominion Energy. The company anticipates full deployment could reach as much as 2,000 MW.
The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding which gives DONG Energy exclusive rights to discuss a strategic partnership with Dominion Energy about developing the commercial site based on successful deployment of the initial test turbines.