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Virginia Port Authority awards $223 million contract to Skansa USA for offshore wind project

The Virginia Port Authority has selected Skansa USA to redevelop approximately 72 acres of the 287-acre Portsmouth Marine Terminal for use as an offshore wind staging port. The $223 million project includes improving 1,500 feet of an existing 3,540-foot wharf.

The redevelopment of the marine terminal supports the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project which is the largest offshore wind energy project of its kind in the U.S.

“Virginia plans to construct 180 off-shore wind turbines to provide enough energy for 660,000 homes,” said Brook Brookshire, senior vice president of Skanska civil operations. “Skanska is honored to work on an innovative and sustainable project that supports the state’s clean energy goals and reflects our value to build for a better society.”

Skanska’s work includes:

  • Constructing three heavy lift berths, the wind turbine generator delivery berth, the wind turbine generator load-out berth, and the berth for the steel tube monopiles
  • Dredging a channel and access area to support a Mediterranean mooring configuration
  • Strengthening the soils and surface in the upland areas to accommodate handling heavy surface loadings from crane, self-propelled modular transporters, wind turbine generator, and monopile and transition piece components
  • Installing high mast lighting, stormwater collection systems, perimeter fencing, and other ancillary structures and systems

On behalf of the Virginia Port Authority and Portsmouth Marine Terminal, Skanska has previously completed numerous projects, including:

  • Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) North Wharf Expansion, Part 2, and
  • Norfolk International Terminal South Renovation Phase I.

(Photo courtesy of Virginia Port Authority)