TerraSond Expands Operations in Massachusetts to Support Vineyard Wind Project
TerraSond Ltd., a product and service line brand of Acteon’s geoservices segment, plans to invest in a new base in Massachusetts as part of its commitment to support the Vineyard Wind 1 project and U.S. offshore wind developments wider.
The company, which already has facilities in Alaska and Texas, has been confirmed as the preferred supplier for subsea balance of facility survey and inspection services for the Vineyard Wind 1 wind farm, a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners. The wind farm will be located 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, and 35 miles from mainland Massachusetts. It will be the first large commercial-scale offshore wind farm in US waters.
The new TerraSond facility will likely be located in the Bristol County area of Massachusetts and will create local employment opportunities.
TerraSond is already committed to the US East Coast offshore wind industry through its site investigation studies and operations and maintenance inspections. The balance of work from the Vineyard Wind 1 plant, which will add to the company’s strong experience and track record, covers remotely operated vehicle inspections on turbine foundations and export and power grid studies. submarine cables, as well as a range of other subsea integrity and operations services through the Acteon. group.
The full contract is expected to be awarded to TerraSond in 2022 and will initially be managed and supported by the Acteon Integrated Solutions team. Work will begin in 2024 and will last at least three years.
“Vineyard Wind is a key player in the economic growth of this region,” said Joe Gagliardi, CEO of TerraSond. “We are proud to work with a leading offshore wind development company while building on Acteon’s growing geoservices segment portfolio in the US offshore wind market. Acteon can offer seabed surveys and Vineyard Wind asset inspections as part of a fully integrated operations and maintenance package delivered through our experienced geo-services segment.
“It’s important for us to work with US-based companies that can bring global expertise and are ready to invest in the region,” says Klaus Moeller, CEO of Vineyard Wind. “The new TerraSond facility and the broader services offered by Acteon will help us deliver a world-class offshore wind farm for Massachusetts.”