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Dominion Energy to create offshore wind development at Port of Virginia

The Port of Virginia will lease 72 acres of the Portsmouth Marine Terminal to Dominion Energy to use as a staging and pre-assembly area for the foundations and turbines that are to be installed 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.

“This location at the Port of Virginia … has deep water access, no overhead restrictions, a strong, experienced maritime workforce and sufficient space for these large wind infrastructure components,” said Chair, President and CEO of Dominion Energy Robert Blue. “It is perfectly situated to serve the Virginia offshore wind project and grow the domestic supply chain needed to complete other offshore wind projects in the United States.”

The lease term is 10 years – valued at nearly $4.4m annually – and includes an option for two five-year renewals. The lease agreement includes significant upgrades to ensure the terminal can handle the weight of the large components needed to build the offshore turbines.

Currently, Dominion Energy’s two-turbine pilot project is operating off the coast of Virginia Beach. Last month, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued a Notice of Intent for the full commercial project, triggering a federal review of the project and preparation of an environmental impact statement, which will take about two years.

The Virginia wind project is expected to produce more than 2,600 MW of renewable energy.

Kim Biggar

Kim Biggar started writing in the supply chain sector in 2000, when she joined the Canadian Association of Supply Chain & Logistics Management. In 2004/2005, she was project manager for the Government of Canada-funded Canadian Logistics Skills Committee, which led to her 13-year role as communications manager of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. A longtime freelance writer, Kim has contributed to publications including The Forwarder, 3PL Americas, The Shipper Advocate and Supply Chain Canada.
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