B.I. Wind Farm decks installed

Sun, 11/08/2015 - 7:30pm

The first two decks of the Deepwater Wind Block Island Wind Farm were installed this week. Installation of a 56-foot tall deck atop foundation one occurred on the evening of Monday, Nov. 2, when construction personnel secured the platform component to the pilings protruding from the foundation’s four legs.

Deepwater Wind spokesperson Meaghan Wims told The Block Island Times on Nov. 3 that “the first deck was installed last night.”

Deck number two was set on foundation two on Wednesday, Nov. 4. 

The yellow decks were set utilizing a crane aboard the L/B Robert jackup vessel. Deepwater Wind construction personnel will be welding the decks to the five, 110-foot tall, 1,500-ton foundations that comprise the wind farm array as part of the final stage of physical construction activity in 2015. 

“We expect the work on the decks to take several more weeks to complete,” said Wims.   

Once all of the decks have been installed, construction of the wind farm will be dormant until the late spring/early summer of 2016 when the five, six-megawatt, 328-foot tall Alstom designed wind turbines will be erected.

From the top of the foundations to the apex of the 240-foot long Alstom blades, including the 56-foot decks, the wind turbines will stand 624-feet tall.

Deepwater Wind has said that the Block Island Wind Farm pilot project will be completed and operational in the fall of 2016. The 30-megawatt wind farm is situated in approximately 90-feet of water, three miles off the southeast coast of Block Island.