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Dominion Energy and Ørsted to build offshore wind energy demonstration project in Virginia

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Staff Writer | August 5, 2018
Dominion Energy is filing for State Corporation Commission (SCC) approval to proceed with construction of the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) demonstration project.
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Virginia   Ørsted has contracted the research vessel Gerry Bordelonto
Dominion Energy is partnering with Ørsted, a Denmark-based energy company, to build the demonstration project, consisting of two six-megawatt wind turbines located approximately 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.

Ørsted has contracted the research vessel Gerry Bordelonto conduct geophysical studies of the proposed site for the project’s two turbines, searching for obstructions on the sea floor that could potentially impede construction activities.

In addition to the announced filing, Governor Northam toured the ocean-mapping vessel, which is temporarily docked at the maritime museum Nauticus, with business and government leaders.

This project would be the first wind energy construction project in Virginia waters, located on 2,135 acres leased by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME).

DMME has the only research lease for offshore renewable energy awarded by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).