Equinor has proposed locating America’s first offshore wind tower manufacturing facility at the Port of Albany, in upstate New York
To be developed jointly with Marmen and Welcon, Equinor said it is ready to transform the port for manufacturing offshore wind towers and transition pieces, creating up to 350 direct jobs in the region.
The Port of Albany extension initiative is part of a bid Equinor submitted in response to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) latest offshore wind energy solicitation, which seeks up to 2.5 GW of offshore wind and multi-port infrastructure investment plans (PIIPs).
Development of a tower manufacturing facility at the Port of Albany is contingent upon NYSERDA selecting Equinor’s bid and PIIP.
Equinor Wind US president Siri Espedal Kindem said, “With this latest solicitation, New York is solidifying its commitment to renewable energy and its desire to make the offshore wind industry an important component of the state’s economy. Our proposal helps secure New York and the Port of Albany as a regional leader in this exciting new industry.”
Construction of a tower/TP manufacturing facility at the Port of Albany could provide an immediate economic boost to the area as it recovers from the challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, creating new employment opportunities as early as H2 2021.
Center for Economic Growth chief economic development officer Katie Newcombe said, “The port is the ideal location to build these components and we are excited about the prospect of the area becoming a manufacturing hub for offshore wind.
“With the ongoing expansion of offshore wind on the east coast, the Port of Albany would become a natural destination for future projects to source components. The economic potential for the NY Capital Region is enormous.”
In September 2020, BP and Equinor announced they had formed a strategic partnership for offshore wind in the US, and that BP will be a 50% non-operating partner in the Empire Wind and Beacon Wind assets. The transaction is expected to close in early 2021.