GE-BOND JV to Build Substation for Empire Wind 1 Project in New York

©GE's Grid Solutions
©GE's Grid Solutions

A consortium formed between GE Renewable Energy’s Grid Solutions and New York-based BOND Civil & Utility Construction said Tuesday it had secured a contract from Empire Offshore Wind JV to supply an onshore substation for Empire Wind 1, one of New York’s first offshore wind farm projects. 

Empire Offshore Wind is a joint venture between Equinor and BP.  The Empire Wind 1 offshore wind farm is planned for an area of 80,000 acres, in federal waters, an average of 20 miles south of Long Island, east of the Rockaways. Once operational, it will power more than 500,000 New York households. 

The GE-BOND consortium led by GE’s Grid Solutions will be responsible for delivering the onshore substation and interconnection cable in Brooklyn, New York City, on an EPC basis, as well as designing and supplying the high-voltage electrical systems for the offshore substation. 

GE will provide the critical connection and power balance needed between the offshore wind farm and the point of interconnection to the NY electrical grid. BOND Civil & Utility will be responsible for all aspects of construction of the onshore substation and interconnection cable, site restoration, and high voltage electric equipment installation for the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT) substation. Development of the onshore and offshore substations will start this year, with construction expected to begin during the second half of 2023.

GE’s Grid Solutions and BOND Civil and Utility plan to open a project office in Brooklyn, NYC that will host the complete project teams. 

"GE and BOND are also committed to give opportunities to New York based suppliers and contractors to be part of this exciting project," the companies said.

The Brooklyn terminal will serve as a hub for Equinor and BP’s Empire Wind and Beacon Wind projects that will supply 3.3 gigawatts (GWs) of energy—enough to power nearly two million New York homes. 

The complex will be transformed into a major staging and assembly facility for the industry, as well as a long-term operations and maintenance base. Equinor recently announced a New York project office located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, opposite the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal.

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