Baltimore applies for grant to become offshore wind hub
6-MW Siemens turbine installed offshore. Source: Siemens AG. License: All Rights Reserved.
Baltimore County has applied for a USD-26-million (EUR 23m) federal grant to upgrade the former Sparrows Point shipyard to support offshore wind development.
The project, called Wind Start, could make the site in Maryland the Atlantic hub for assembling and shipping components for offshore wind farms, Baltimore County government said yesterday.
As part of the project, Sparrows Point Shipyard LLC and its partner US Wind would upgrade infrastructure on the Sparrows Point peninsula to accommodate assembly, fabrication and transportation for the offshore wind industry. The initiative could create 1,200 construction jobs and more than 900 permanent jobs on the peninsula, according to the announcement.
"We’re competing for new business and jobs wherever we can [..] No single East Coast location has the same level of waterfront, large storage areas and transportation access," said Baltimore County executive Kamenetz.
The grant application has been submitted to the US Department of Transportation.