Governor Ralph Northam has released a report providing a roadmap for the offshore wind supply chain that details Virginia’s ‘strategic advantages’ and the potential economic benefits of investing in the offshore wind industry.
The report highlights the advantages to the state of developing a supply chain to serve emerging offshore wind projects along the east coast of the US, analysing Virginia’s potential ‘strategic role’ in the industry. Recommendations include establishing a regional supply chain collaborative with neighbouring states, creating a Virginia Office for Offshore Wind, soliciting anchor tenant suppliers, and expanding workforce development opportunities.
“Virginia has a clear opportunity to act as a leader in driving the development of the US offshore wind industry,” said Governor Northam. “Growing the supply chain sector at this early stage will prepare Virginia to competitively deliver the development of our own offshore wind resources in the coming years.”
“As offshore wind projects accelerate rapidly along the east coast, Virginia can lead in attracting the supply chain industry to support this development,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball.
“With the potential to provide thousands of local jobs, the report highlights efforts to attract this industry. Those efforts include creating a state office focused on offshore wind as well as regional collaboration to help ensure offshore wind projects on the east coast come online as cost competitively and quickly as possible.”
The Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy developed the report with BVG Associates LLC (BVGA). It highlights the large pipeline of offshore wind projects along the east coast and provides insight into the areas the industry regards as priority, including a reliable, broad-based supplier network coupled with regionally optimised logistics. The report also highlights Virginia as a location of choice for a supply chain hub due to advantages including port infrastructure, location, maritime capacity and workforce.
“Regional collaboration will deliver the most effective offshore wind supply chain,” said BVGA Advisory director Andy Geissbuehler. “It is critical that Virginia’s leaders keep the momentum going toward developing a regional supply chain cluster in order to make the most of the opportunities presented as states to the north develop their wind energy areas first.”
The report and more information on Virginia’s offshore wind development and supply chain opportunities may be found at www.vaoffshorewind.org/supply-chain.
The Offshore Wind Journal Conference in London on 5 February 2019 will address key issues including global market developments, increasing turbine sizes, floating offshore wind and industry regulations.