GE Renewable Energy on Friday unveiled plans to build two new factories for offshore wind turbine components in New York if it bags “a sufficient volume” of orders from winning projects in the state’s ongoing offshore wind tender.
The General Electric (NYSE:GE) unit would construct the facilities at a site owned by Carver Companies at the Port of Coeymans. Enough orders would justify building a blade factory there and a manufacturing base for nacelles for the Haliade-X wind turbine platform.
The factories will be set up by GE’s subsidiary LM Wind Power and GE Vernova, its portfolio of energy businesses. Together, they are expected to create about 870 direct jobs and will support roughly 1,400 indirect job positions.
If implemented, the proposed project will back New York’s localised content requirements and help the state achieve its vision of becoming the nation’s offshore wind manufacturing hub.
New York launched its third offshore wind solicitation last summer with a target to award at least 2,000 MW of capacity. The tender was closed for project submissions on January 26. Last week, several of the major industry players announced their participation in the competitive procurement round, including Equinor, BP, RWE and Ørsted.
GE last year scrapped a plan to build a blade production facility for offshore turbines in Teesside, England, after failing to secure enough orders.
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