Dominion collects samples for wind project off VB coast

Photo by Dominion Virginia Power
Photo by Dominion Virginia Power

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — There’s something strange-looking off the Virginia Beach coast near Camp Pendleton.

You might see a bizarre-looking boat for the next couple weeks along Croatan Beach. It’s part of Dominion Virginia Power’s plan to build two off-shore wind turbines in the area.

Photo by Dominion Virginia Power
Photo by Dominion Virginia Power

The boat, called a specialized “jack-up” vessel, puts 175-foot-long legs into the ocean floor to stabilize itself and then lifts itself up. It will be collecting core samples of the ocean floor, which will be tested to make sure the floor is stable enough to support a turbine.

“We are excited about this critical step forward in our efforts to build two off-shore wind turbines and learn more about offshore wind,” said Bonita Billingsley Harris with Dominion Virginia Power.

Billingsley Harris also said the work is related to the installation of the distribution line that would bring the electricity from the turbines to the grid.

Dominion hopes the project will be able to support two 6-megawatt turbines. The work near Camp Pendleton was expected to last until about July 20, but because of Tropical Storm Arthur, the vessel moved to Portsmouth. It won’t go back out until Sunday or Monday.

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