Norwegian contractor Aker Solutions has clinched the front-end engineering and design contract linked to the concrete foundations for the wind turbine generators (WTGs) destined for a planned Empire Offshore Wind project in the US.

The Empire Wind project, situated offshore the east coast states of New York and New Jersey, is being developed by a 50:50 strategic partnership in the US between UK supermajor BP and Norway’s state-controlled Equinor.

Under the FEED contract, revealed on Wednesday, Aker Solutions will analyse how to design, construct and install concrete substructures standing on the seafloor to support the WTGs.

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The contract workscope also includes analysis of construction methods and models for marine operations to install the structures.

No deal value was disclosed.

Aker Solutions said it will use its “leading track record from previous deliveries of concrete substructures to support the partnership in defining effective solutions for the Empire Wind project”.

The FEED work will benefit several US-based partners and suppliers including construction company Kiewit Infrastructure and regulatory and permitting expert McLaren, Aker Solutions added.

"In recent years, we have increased our activity within low-carbon and renewable energy projects, and offshore wind is a key growth area. Aker Solutions is already delivering concrete hulls to Equinor’s Hywind Tampen offshore floating wind project,” said chief executive Kjetel Digre.

The FEED work for Empire Wind, which follows completion of the pre-FEED study that Aker Solutions was awarded in 2019, starts immediately and is due for completion in August.