Equinor stays with MMT on Beacon Wind

Equinor has selected the Swedish company MMT to carry out the 2021 export cable route studies for the Beacon Wind wind farm off Massachusetts, in the United States.

The project is led by the Providence-based MMT team – MMT US Inc.

Starting in April and ending in July, MMT, the Ocean Infinity Company, is conducting a combination of geophysical, geotechnical, environmental and benthic studies along the export route of Beacon Wind Sites 1 and 2.

This contract is in addition to the offshore survey work awarded to MMT in 2020 which was completed in May 2021.

The Beacon Wind offshore wind farm is located 20 miles south of Massachusetts and 60 miles off the New York coast.

When completed, Beacon Wind 1 will provide 1,230 MW of offshore wind power to New York State.

Beacon Wind is developed by Equinor and bp as part of their 50/50 strategic partnership in the United States.

Equinor acquired the Beacon Wind lease in 2019. The site has the potential to be developed with a total capacity of over 2.4 GW.

In January, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) selected Equinor and bp as the winners of the state’s second solicitation for offshore wind.

Besides Beacon Wind 1, the consortium was also successful with the 1,260 MW Empire Wind 2 project in this solicitation round.

Equinor is already developing the Empire Wind Phase 1 816 MW wind farm, which was selected in the very first New York offshore wind energy solicitation in 2019 alongside Ørsted’s Sunrise Wind project and Eversource Energy.

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