Offshore Wind Developers Hire Long Islanders for Jobs
Offshore wind executives say residents of Long Island can expect to find maintenance jobs even after work is completed on the region’s five offshore wind farms. They held a recruiting fair on Friday to spread the word.
Grant van Wyngaardeen, purchasing manager at Orstead, which is expected to develop several of the farms, said workers would be needed on a ship in Port Jefferson to primarily operate a wind farm off Montauk, known as Sunrise Wind Farm. The ship can accommodate up to 60 passengers and is currently under construction in the Gulf of Mexico.
“We are seeing a lot of economic benefits and jobs coming to New York City during the construction of the wind farm,” Van Wyngardeen said. “This highlights the jobs and economic benefits that will flow from the life of the wind farm.”
The Sunrise wind farm is expected to power 600,000 homes via a substation in Holbrook, Long Island. It will also perform maintenance work on the Revolution wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, which is expected to supply 350,000 homes in Connecticut and Rhode Island. The SouthFork wind project will also operate off the Montauk coast. Orstead is partnering with Eversource, New England’s leading energy supplier, on the project.
Van Wyngardeen added that many jobs will be created through the construction of the wind farm’s HVDC system, which will connect the lines from the turbines to a substation for the electricity to be converted.
“This project will use a significant amount of trades and other skills and services from the region to build and construct the first HVDC substation of its kind for offshore wind,” said Van Wyngardeen.
Siemens Energy and Aker Solutions recently won the contract to build the power lines.