Dong Energy heads to Massachusetts for first offshore wind project outside Europe

Dong Energy heads to Massachusetts for first offshore wind project outside Europe

Copenhagen: Dong Energy has sign an agreement to take over more than 1000MW development project rights off Massachusetts from RES Americas Developments Inc.

Samuel Leupold, executive vice president of wind power at Dong, said: “The U.S. is an interesting market for offshore wind with the potential to become a significant area for future development. The takeover of the offshore wind development project in the U.S., we will broaden our geographical scope of Dong.

The lease has a total size of 760 square kilometers, is located approximately 90 kilometers from shore. Water depth is between 40-50m.

“The site conditions are quite similar to those we currently work with in North-Western Europe, which means that the project could be developed using well-known technology and logistics,” said Leupold.

A draft policy bill to support the regulatory conditions for offshore wind has been introduced with the Massachusetts government aiming to provide a stable framework that will enable the build-out of projects and the creation of new jobs.

The Danish company also have a number of post 2020 projects in the pipeline in North-Western Europe that they will continue to develop.

Hans Thaulow

Hans Henrik Thaulow is an Oslo-based journalist who has been covering the shipping industry for the last 15 years. As well as some work for the Informa Group, Hans was the China correspondent for TradeWinds. He also contributes to Maritime CEO magazine. Hans’ shipping background extends to working as a shipbroker trainee with Simpson, Spence & Young in Hong Kong.

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