New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has confirmed that EEW is to invest US$250M in a monopile fabrication facility at Paulsboro Marine Terminal
The facility will create more than 500 jobs at full build out. Construction is due to start in January 2021, with production beginning in 2023.
“Developing New Jersey’s offshore wind capabilities has been a key priority of my administration since taking office in 2018,” said Governor Murphy. “Offshore wind is a once-in-a-generation opportunity that allows us to protect our environment while significantly expanding and securing the state’s economy for the immediate and long term.”
EEW chief executive Christoph Schorge said, “EEW is delighted to establish its latest manufacturing operations in New Jersey. It is a major step forward for the offshore wind industry, further establishing EEW as a leader in monopile foundations. EEW’s manufacturing technology and years of experience will create a factory capable of producing the world’s largest foundations.”
EEW-American Offshore Structures chief executive Lee Laurendeau said, “This massive manufacturing facility at the Port of Paulsboro demonstrates New Jersey’s commitment to clean energy and the creation of hundreds of long-term manufacturing jobs.
“This state-of-the-art factory will be a catalyst for change in Paulsboro and the surrounding area, creating much-needed construction, manufacturing and supply chain jobs for many decades.
“Along with the New Jersey Wind Port, the Paulsboro monopile factory will secure New Jersey’s position as the manufacturing epicentre of the emerging offshore wind industry in the US.”
New Jersey Economic Development Agency chief executive Tim Sullivan said, “EEW’s manufacturing headquarters in Paulsboro will create new opportunities for New Jersey businesses and attract more offshore wind companies to New Jersey.
“EEW’s strong track record of apprenticeship programmes will also help position New Jersey’s workers for the best opportunities in offshore wind. Along with the New Jersey Wind Port in Lower Alloways Creek, this project will pave the way for long-term, equitable economic growth throughout New Jersey.”
Ørsted Offshore North America chief executive David Hardy said the announcement was a significant milestone for the company’s Ocean Wind project, and New Jersey’s offshore wind goals. Mr Hardy said New Jersey “is poised to be a leader in the American offshore wind industry with key investments in its port infrastructure.”
South Jersey Port Corporation executive director and chief executive officer Andrew Saporito said, “The South Jersey Port Corporation welcomes EEW and Ørsted to Paulsboro. This new project positions our ports at the centre of offshore wind projects in New Jersey and along the east coast.”
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