CAPE Vibro Lifting Technology ordered for offshore wind foundation installation in US

CAPE Holland, the Netherlands based offshore foundation installation equipment supplier, has been awarded a contract by Belgian marine contractor DEME to supply their Vibro Lifting Technology for the installation of 176 monopile foundations in the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) offshore wind farm in US waters.

CAPE Holland will provide a CAPE VLT-640 Quad spread and a separate CAPE VLT-640 unit for the activities. The monopiles, with a diameter of 8.5 meters and weighing as much as 1,500 tons, will be driven through the first layers of the sea floor using the CAPE Vibro Lifting Tool, mitigating the risk of pile run. The final penetration of these monopiles will be accomplished using an impact hammer.

Notably, the CAPE VLT-640 Quad system will be accompanied by a separate CAPE VLT-640 unit to facilitate the pile run free installation of jacket piles for three substations. In addition to its technical ability, the CAPE Vibro Lifting Technology offers a quieter and more environmentally friendly alternative to traditional pile driving methods. DEME’s installation vessel “Orion” is scheduled to set sail for the United States with the equipment already mobilized on deck.

CAPE Holland is part of Venterra Group – a global offshore wind services company, supporting the industry’s rapid expansion and leading role in the energy transition. Alongside CAPE Holland, a number of other Venterra companies are also involved in the CVOW project, including INSPIRE Environmental, which is providing post-construction marine growth monitoring on structures and benthic monitoring on the research project turbines.

CVOW is a project by Dominion Energy. The wind farm will contribute to Virginia’s goals to be carbon neutral by 2045. Located approximately 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, the 2.6 GW offshore wind farm will provide clean energy for the equivalent of up to 660,000 households. Source: CAPE Holland

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