Connecticut’s new substation aims for sustainable generation through offshore wind

Offshore substation rendering at Bay Ltd. fabrication yard in Corpus Christi, Texas. Photo courtesy Burns & McDonnell

A new offshore wind substation in Wallingford, Conn., aims to help bring down the energy sector’s carbon emissions, by contributing to the U.S. federal government’s goal to achieve a clean power target of 30 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind generation capacity by 2030.

Burns & McDonnell and Bay Ltd. are teaming up to provide U.S.-based engineering, procurement, fabrication, and construction of offshore substations—this Connecticut substation being one of them. Burns & McDonnell offices in the Northeast, will lead the engineering while existing Bay Ltd. facilities in Corpus Christi, TX, will house the fabrication and construction. Burns & McDonnell has appointed Kent to provide structural and safety engineering. Kent, an offshore engineering consultancy, has designed over 20 offshore substations globally and will collaborate through its Houston and Boston offices.

Burns & McDonnell and Bay Ltd. have ten years of design and fabrication partnerships from previous projects in various industries. The partnership represents an evolution of that relationship to extend to the offshore substation market.

“Offshore wind is poised to become a major contributor to carbon reduction efforts globally,” says Ray Kowalik, chairman and CEO of Burns & McDonnell. “It’s critical to build up local offshore wind industry-specific capabilities for both engineering and manufacturing, which currently primarily exist in Europe, and we’re excited to support that knowledge transfer. Our proven relationship with Bay Ltd. enables us to provide 100 percent American solutions to the market and drive job creation in the U.S.”

“Offshore substations require extensive, complex fabrication, but our team is poised to deliver” says Rob Powers, president, and CEO of Bay Ltd. “The successful execution of these types of projects throughout our history, including substructures and topsides, renders our project teams confident and capable in executing large offshore fabrication scopes today. Together with Burns & McDonnell, we can expand the U.S. supply chain and help the nation as it advances toward its clean power goals.”

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