Developers of New York state offshore wind flagship South Fork have finalised an agreement with a trio of environmental groups pledging strict measures to protect a critically endangered species of whale local to the array’s development site in the US Atlantic, in a move aimed at smoothing rollout of the legally embattled project.

The 132MW project being developed by Denmark’s Orsted and New England utility Eversource in federal waters between Rhode Island and New York, is the US’ second project to be fully permitted and enter construction, is destined to be built on feeding grounds of the North Atlantic Right whale, but has been besieged by multiple lawsuits since its launch in 2017.