Ocean Wind, the joint venture between Ørsted and PSEG, and monopile manufacturer EEW, has confirmed that construction has begun on New Jersey’s first offshore wind manufacturing facility
In December 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced a US$250M investment in a new monopile manufacturing facility at the Paulsboro Marine Terminal. A ground-breaking ceremony for EEW’s new facility took place on 19 April 2021.
Construction of the facility will be completed under a Project Labor Agreement with the South Jersey Building Trades Council, ensuring that jobs created during the construction phase will be filled by local New Jersey union tradesmen and women.
Construction activity includes clearing and grading the 70-acre site, reinforcement to increase quayside bearing capacity to accommodate the 2,500-tonne monopiles, and the construction of two large buildings that will support circumferential welding, sandblasting, and painting.
In effort to deliver the most economic benefits to the state, EEW-American Offshore Structures has contracted with more than 30 New Jersey companies in support of design, permitting, site work and concrete.
Once complete, the facility will manufacture monopiles to supply the 1.1-GW Ocean Wind windfarm off the coast of southern New Jersey.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said, “Positioning New Jersey as a national leader in the offshore wind industry and developing our offshore wind capabilities have been key priorities of my administration since day one.
“As the largest industrial offshore wind investment in the US to date, the Paulsboro Marine Terminal will be a significant driving force for the state’s economy and create hundreds of good-paying, union jobs to South Jersey.
“Offshore wind is a once-in-a-generation opportunity, and today’s ground-breaking signals a monumental step forward in propelling New Jersey’s clean energy economy for generations to come.”