NORTH KINGSTOWN – A multimillion-dollar ocean-floor survey is being conducted off the Rhode Island coast in preparation for the South Fork Wind Farm and Revolution Wind, two offshore wind-energy projects being developed by Deepwater Wind LLC, The Herald News reported Aug. 14.
The Providence office of the engineering design firm GZA has been commissioned by Deepwater Wind to perform the survey and will oversee offshore sampling operations and then conduct geotechnical analysis on the samples. The work will help inform the design and location of the turbines for the projects.
Following permit approval, construction of the 90-megawatt South Fork Wind Farm would begin in 2021 and construction of Revolution Wind, which will provide 400 megawatts of electricity to Rhode Island and 200 megawatts to Connecticut when completed, would begin in 2020.
The projects are located more than 15 miles south of the Rhode Island coast and more than 30 miles off Montauk, N.Y.