The state of New York on Friday said it will launch its third offshore wind solicitation in early 2022 targeting significant port infrastructure and supply chain investment as it announced an USD-86-million (EUR 74.3m) supply chain contract.
The contract has been awarded by the partners developing the Sunrise Wind offshore wind project, Denmark’s Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED) and New England utility Eversource Energy (NYSE:ES), to Riggs Distler & Company Inc. Under it, Riggs Distler, a subsidiary of Centuri Group Inc, will construct wind turbine foundation components at the port of Coeymans.
The news supports the state’s target of developing at least 9,000 MW of offshore wind by 2035.
"We are going to be bold in how we achieve our climate goals and with our upcoming early 2022 offshore wind solicitation, New York will again demonstrate its national leadership in the acceleration to a green economy," New York governor Kathy Hochul said in a statement.
The 924-MW Sunrise Wind project was selected in New York’s first 2018 offshore wind solicitation. It is expected to start construction as early as 2023 and to be fully operational in 2025.
The contract announced on Friday marks the largest, single offshore wind supply chain contract award in New York state. Some 230 jobs will be created as a result of the deal. Riggs Distler will serve as the general contractor to construct the prefabricated foundation components at the port, while New York company Ljungstrom LLC will make the steel components and deliver them to the port.
The foundation components, including internal and external platforms, railings, steel ladders, cages and more, will be shipped down the Hudson River to the project’s site.
The agreement was announced by lieutenant governor Brian Benjamin at an event at the port of Coeymans.
(USD 1 = EUR 0.864)
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