Netherlands contractor Heerema has been selected as a strategic supplier by Equinor on behalf of its 50:50 partnership with BP for the Empire and Beacon wind projects off the east coast of the US.

The intent is that Heerema will enter in to a strategic supplier agreement for the transportation and installation of wind farm foundations and offshore substations for these United States’ projects.

This agreement confirmed on Monday will include the Empire Wind and Beacon Wind wind farms and will cover a firm period of seven years. Throughout this period, Equinor, BP as 50% joint venture partner, and Heerema will collaborate as exclusive partners in the preparation and Jones Act compliant execution of the projects.

Together, Heerema and Equinor will focus on optimising the economic benefits the projects can generate for the New York state communities.

The 2.1-gigawatt Empire Wind and 1.2-GW Beacon Wind projects are being developed by a 50:50 partnership between Equinor and BP.

Equinor will be the operator through the development, construction and operations phase of the project. The projects will supply renewable offshore wind power for households in New York state and the wider region in the northeastern US.

“The award of this unique agreement is yet another chapter in a long history of working together globally with both Equinor and BP on often challenging offshore installation projects. We are proud to be selected to join Equinor and BP once again in a frontier market and region,” said Heerema’s chief executive Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven.

“The future of offshore wind relies on strong forward-looking partnerships that recognise the need to secure transport and installation capacity.”

Heerema to date has secured work on offshore wind projects including He Dreiht, Baltic Eagle and Arcadis Ost 1 in Germany and Dogger Bank in the UK.