Construction begins on America’s largest offshore wind power plant
Ocean Wind and EEW paved the way for the EEW monopile manufacturing facility at the Port of Paulsboro Marine Terminal in Gloucester County, New Jersey, USA
The start of construction marks an important milestone in the delivery of the largest industrial offshore wind manufacturing facility in the United States to date, Ocean Wind said.
Construction of the facility will be completed under a Project Working Agreement (PLA) with the South Jersey Building Trades Council.
In December 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced a $ 250 million investment in a new monopile manufacturing plant located at the Paulsboro Marine Terminal.
“Positioning New Jersey as a national leader in the offshore wind industry and developing our offshore wind capabilities have been key priorities for my administration from day one.” said the governor Phil murphy.
“As the largest industrial offshore wind investment in the United States to date, the Paulsboro Marine Terminal will be a major driving force for the state’s economy and will create hundreds of well-paying union jobs in southern Jersey. Offshore wind is a once-in-a-generation opportunity, and the current revolution marks a monumental step forward in propelling New Jersey’s clean energy economy for generations to come.
Construction activities include clearing and grading of the 70 acre site, reinforcement to increase the bearing capacity of the wharf to accommodate the 2,500 ton monopiles, and construction of two large buildings that will support circumferential welding, sandblasting of sand and paint. EEW has contracts with more than 30 New Jersey companies to support design, permits, site work and concrete.
When completed, the facility will manufacture monopiles to power the 1,100 MW Ocean wind farm off the south coast of New Jersey. The EEW facility will create up to 260 jobs during the first phase of construction and manufacturing.
“With the cooperation and support of Ørsted and the State of New Jersey, EEW is proud to be the first major offshore wind turbine manufacturer to innovate in the United States,” mentionned Lee laurendeau, CEO of EEW-American Offshore Structures.
“This state-of-the-art plant will illustrate how offshore wind power will create long-term manufacturing jobs while supporting clean energy goals. EEW has full confidence in the New Jersey Trade Council that this first phase of the plant will be built safely, on time and on budget with the local union workforce.
Ocean Wind is a 1,110 MW offshore wind project from Ørsted and PSEG that will provide enough clean energy to power 500,000 homes in New Jersey.
“This is an important step for our Ocean Wind project and for the State of New Jersey”, mentionned David hardy, CEO of Ørsted Offshore North America.
“We have been able to deliver on our commitment to the State of New Jersey, and in doing so, we are helping to make the state the premier supply chain hub for the US offshore wind industry.”
Ørsted operates the Block Island Wind Farm, America’s first offshore wind farm, and has built the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Two Turbine Pilot Project – the first turbines to be installed in federal waters. Ørsted has secured over 2,900 megawatts of additional capacity from five projects in the North East and Mid Atlantic.