VA - Dominion Energy Continues Development of First Jones Act Compliant Offshore Wind Turbine Installation Vessel
Vessel will base operations out of Hampton Roads and is expected to be available to support U.S. offshore wind turbine installations by the end of 2023
Dominion Energy announced today it has reached a major milestone – the keel laying – in the construction of the first Jones Act compliant offshore wind turbine installation vessel, currently being constructed by the global marine shipbuilding firm Keppel AmFELS at its Brownsville, Texas shipyard. With several gigawatts of offshore wind capacity to be installed along the U.S. East Coast in the next decade, access to Jones Act compliant offshore wind turbine installation vessels is of strategic importance to the U.S. offshore wind market.
The companies today celebrated the keel laying, when fabrications from the first steel, supplied domestically, were laid to form the first part of the keel – the bottom-most central steel structural beam on a vessel.
"This is a monumental step for the offshore wind industry in America," said Robert M. Blue, Dominion Energy's president and chief executive officer. "Dominion Energy is proud to be leading a consortium of respected industry participants in the construction of the first Jones Act compliant offshore wind turbine installation vessel, which will provide significant American jobs, and provide a reliable, home-grown installation solution with the capacity to handle the next generation of large-scale, highly-efficient turbine technologies. This will better enable the offshore wind industry to bring clean, renewable energy to customers in the U.S."