Kitty Hawk offshore wind project moving forward

Kitty Hawk offshore wind project map.

Geophysical surveys are nearly complete at the Kitty Hawk offshore wind project — and the enterprise just moved another step forward with approval from Virginia Beach for land to build a substation.

According to offshorewind.biz, the project’s measurement of winds, sea conditions and high-definition digital wildlife surveys have been carried out over the last 12 months.

Avangrid Renewables submitted an application to the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management last fall for permission to install equipment to measure wind speeds and sea conditions, offshorewind.biz reports. This phase includes cable laying to Sandbridge, where the grid would be connected.

The wind farm would include 100 turbines on 122,405 acres about 25 miles offshore of Corolla and could be up and running by 2025.

Part of the advance survey work included gathering detailed data on offshore wildlife including birds, sharks, rays, turtles, fish and marine mammals like whales and dolphins. Other survey work includes underwater sonar and seismic profiling. In a federal application, the company reported no serious injury or mortality was anticipated.

Virginia Business reports that the Virginia Beach Economic Development Authority recently approved a five-year option of up to 30 acres to Avangrid Renewables to build an electrical substation in the city.

14 Comments

  1. It would seem to me that if Virginia gets the electricity from these turbines, then they should be located off of Virginia.

    • I 100% agree. Build it 24 miles off VB otherwise, I am sure that there is land available somewhere in Currituck for a substation and keep it in NC.

  2. I agree with you in principal. I do know that State managed waters are from 0-3 nautical miles, and the feds manage from 3-200 nm, so I’m assuming this is a federal permit for the bird-grinders and federal and state for the power cable. Expect the Cooper administration to approve anything that results in a campaign donation, even if the perceived public benefit goes out of state.

  3. Where are our fine NC leaders on this initiative? The last word I had was our State was not going to build these dam things

  4. Is it true we in NC don,t get the power generated from these turbines. I live in Manteo and would expect some benefit for NC residents if they want to put them off our shore!

  5. The ones they have put up in the desert area in Pasquotank and Perquimans Co.have destroyed the Wildlife.I hunted that place for over 30 some years and the deer are gone they left shortly after they were put up.Deer were everywhere and you can hardley find one now.You would see Bald Eagles,many other birds and you don’t even see a crow anymore.In the winter the fields where the Wind Mills stand we’re full of Waterfowl,not anymore.When they are no longer of use they will be left standing for a great eye sore which they already are.It’s a shame what man has done to this world and it will only get worse.

  6. Your not gonna stop big business, so when you fight them they do what they want and come ashore some where else.

  7. Just attended a lecture by a (recently) former chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission who said nuclear energy production in the US will be declining in favor of non-nuclear energy sources over the next few years. No new nuclear power plants are contemplated. Thus, wind solar, geothermal, and hydro sources will play an increasingly dominant role. Currently, natural gas is facilitating the decline of nuclear energy and is currently ( with other sources) allowing the US to be energy independent from other countries.

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