April 5 (Renewables Now) - Offshore wind developer Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED) will open an office in Atlantic City, New Jersey next month, the state's governor Phil Murphy said on Wednesday.
Ørsted is developing the Ocean Wind project off the New Jersey coast.
The announcement about the planned office was made at the Offshore Wind Partnering Forum.
"This latest step comes on the heels of our work in undertaking geophysical surveys of the leased windfarm area to determine characteristics of the site, so that we can continue developing this project and make it a reality," said Thomas Brostrom, president of Ørsted North America.
The New Jersey governor in January directed the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to start moving the state toward a goal of 3.5 GW of offshore wind by 2030. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has two lease areas off New Jersey, one of which would host Ocean Wind. Together they could have a capacity of more than 3 GW, according to the governor's statement.
A typical Ørsted offshore wind project creates about 1,000 jobs per year during the two to three years of construction and another 100 permanent jobs during the project's 25-year lifespan, the statement also says.