Offshore installation engineers install engines in D.C. for fire prevention

D.N.C.-based Offshore Installation Engineers (OIE) has been working with the National Fire Protection Agency to install offshore wind turbines at a new wind farm near the city’s Navy Yard.

The firm’s chief operating officer, Jeff O’Neill, told Bloomberg the project will help prevent the spread of wildfires across the region.

Offshore wind is currently being used at about 2,200 turbines, but the company has been able to deploy a portion of the 2,500-foot-tall (900-meter-wide) facility, which was built by the Danish firm A.P. Porsching, at a cost of $8.5 million.

O’Neill said that’s about 20% of the total cost of the project, and the new turbines are expected to generate up to $40 million in revenue annually for the company.

The wind farm is scheduled to open in 2018.

The Offshore Installers’ Association, which represents about 100 offshore installation companies in the U.S., applauded the decision.

Off the record, O’Neil said the new project is not a “major issue” for him and his team.

In the future, OIE plans to build more offshore wind projects and to further explore the possibility of building more large-scale offshore wind farms, Oui said.

“I’m confident we can meet demand for offshore wind,” O’Malley said.

“We are doing a very, very good job in meeting the demand, which we are very excited about.”– Reuters contributed to this report.