Block Island Offshore Wind Facility to Go Online this Month

By Editors of Power Engineering

Deepwater Wind’s new offshore Block Island Wind Farm is still set to go online later this month, even though one of its five turbines is experiencing technical problems.

Deepwater Wind found a metal object was found in a gap between the turbine’s generator and direct-drive system, according to a report by ecoRI. Though that object was a six-inch drill bit left behind during assembly, it will delay that turbine’s operations until January.

The other four turbines of the 120-MW station built 17 nautical miles northeast of the coastline of Ocean City, Maryland, are scheduled to begin official operations without further delay.

GE acquired the turbine facility during its purchase of Alstom last year. The affected turbine was also built by GE, and the company plans on covering the cost of repairs.

GE also has a 15-year contract to maintain the turbines.

The facility will begin operations as soon as it finalizes its power purchase agreement with ISO New England.