Denmark’s Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS) has been selected as the preferred turbine supplier for the 1.5-GW offshore wind project in New Jersey of Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, a joint venture between Shell New Energies and EDF Renewables.
The wind farm will use Vestas’ V236-15.0 MW turbines, which are expected to be installed in 2027, the parties said today.
Vestas plans to set up a nacelle assembly facility at the New Jersey Wind Port in Salem County in line with Atlantic Shores’ commitments to New Jersey as part of its project proposal. Vestas will also service the turbines from an operations and maintenance base developed by Atlantic Shores in Atlantic City.
Atlantic Shores’ project was one of two winners in an offshore wind tender in New Jersey last year that secured a combined capacity of roughly 2.7 GW.
"Since our award in June 2021, Atlantic Shores has conducted an extensive due diligence and procurement process to find the right turbine supply partner that will enable us to deliver the best value to the state of New Jersey, including local content commitments,” said Atlantic Shores chief executive Joris Veldhoven.
The signing of the preferred supplier agreement (PSA) followed a competitive process and came soon after New Jersey set a new goal of reaching 11 GW of offshore wind energy generation by 2040.
“Scaling offshore wind in the USA depends upon consistent policy and predictable, steady volume over a long period of time, and New Jersey’s newly stated 11 GW offshore target combined with stable federal policy signals this intent,” commented Laura Beane, president of Vestas North America.
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