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Fred. Olsen to develop installation strategy for Lake Erie offshore wind project in Ohio

CTBR Staff Writer Published 20 November 2014

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has joined the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation’s (LEEDCo) team to help develop an installation strategy for the proposed 18MW offshore wind demonstration project in Ohio state waters.

Offshore wind

The strategy will leverage existing regional assets like barges, port infrastructure and local manufacturing firms for the Project Icebreaker.

The work will also consider future offshore wind projects both in Lake Erie and across the Great Lakes.

Fred. Olsen aims to utilize the Cleveland-based demonstration project as a central part of its strategy to expand operations further into the US.

Earlier in 2014, Deepwater Wind selected Fred. Olsen as the installation contractor for the 30MW Block Island offshore wind farm.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier chief executive officer Rolf Normann said: "Offshore wind in Lake Erie is a tremendous economic and environmental opportunity and the long-term market outlook for Northeast Ohio is very strong.

"There is an abundant untapped renewable resource, a wealth of existing infrastructure and a need for new sources of electricity generation as Ohio's coal plants begin to retire."

Icebreaker will feature nine Siemens 3MW direct drive turbines, located 7 miles northwest of Cleveland in areas identified as favorable by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

LEEDCo president Lorry Wagner said: "Helping international offshore wind companies establish a presence in Northeast Ohio is one of the ways we can create local jobs as we build the industry here."

Image: Fred. Olsen will develop an installation strategy for Lake Erie offshore wind project in Ohio. Photo: Courtesy of xedos4/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.