GE Grid Solutions to be part of major wind power project off Long Island coast


A conceptual rendering shows the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal in its intended future role as hub for the wind power industry off the coast of New York.

NEW YORK — The Grid Solutions business of General Electric has won a contract for part of the 816-megawatt wind turbine project to be constructed off the Long Island coast.

Grid Solutions and BOND Civil & Utility Construction will build onshore and offshore high-voltage electrical systems for Empire Offshore Wind 1, including the substation that will link the wind farm to New York’s power grid.

The GE-BOND consortium announced Tuesday that it had been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction contract.

Grid Solutions will provide the critical connection and power balance for the project. BOND Civil & Utility will be responsible for construction of the onshore substation and interconnection cable, site restoration and high voltage electric equipment installation for the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal substation.

Empire Wind 1 will span 80,000 acres 15 to 30 miles south of Long Island. Development of the onshore and offshore substations will start this year, with construction expected to begin during the second half of 2023. Project completion is targeted for 2026.

Grid Solutions is part of GE Renewable Energy and has developed high-voltage systems for 18 offshore wind projects over the past 15 years. Its AC Systems Group coordinated the implementation of digital substations including advanced digital monitoring, controls, and software systems during earlier phases of the Empire Wind 1 project. 

Its 12,000 employees provide customers around the world with  equipment systems and services to get power from point of generation to point of consumption.

BOND was formed in the early 1900s; subsidiary BOND Civil & Utility is a civil, utility and energy construction firm operating in the Northeast and New England that has worked in construction of underground electric transmission and distribution systems for Northeast utilities.

By John Cropley

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