Wind Port project in N.J. offshore won a national award
The best new infrastructure project in the country has received a national award.
Last month, the facility in Lower Alloways Creek, Salem County, broke ground in September, won the Strategic Infrastructure Project of the Year award at CG/LA Infrastructure's 13th annual North America Infrastructure Leadership Forum.
"This award and the demonstrable interest the wind industry has already shown in the project will once again confirm New Jersey as the US capital of offshore wind," Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement.
Offshore wind is a vital component of Murphy's Energy Master Plan to obtain 100% clean energy by 2050. The state has pledged to produce 7,500 megawatts of offshore wind energy by 2035.
Two South Jersey politicians who supported the initiative lost reelection bids last month, including State Senate President Steve Sweeney and Deputy Assembly Speaker John Burzichelli, both 3rd District Democrats, have been supporting offshore wind projects for more than two decades.
Sweeney, Burzichelli, and Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro, D-3rd, lost their reelection bids to a slate of Republican candidates led by GOP Senator-elect Ed Durr, a furniture shop truck driver.
Burzichelli told an assembled crowd of about 100 outside of the PSEG Nuclear's Hope Creek Generating Station in Lower Alloways, Salem County, where the port will be built on a nearby artificial island, in October. We didnt just fall out of the sky.
State officials said that the remote site in Lower Alloways Creek, at the mouth of the Delaware Bay, was chosen because it is said to be an assembly point for the windmill towers, which also includes its rotors, nacelles, and blades. The finished structures are moved upright, and are too heavy and tall for land transport.
Sweeney, Burzichelli, and Taliaferro both succeeded in acquiring a port in Paulsboro, Gloucester County, just up the river from Salem County, that will be constructed there, and Monopiles, 400-foot-long poles weighing hundreds of tons that the windmill towers will be mounted on, will be built there. That project is also expected to create hundreds of permanent jobs.
The Wind Port will provide a location for essential staging, assembly, and manufacturing activities related to offshore wind projects on the East Coast at full build-out. It will have the potential to create up to 1,500 manufacturing, assembly, and operations jobs and drive billions of dollars in economic growth at full build-out.
We commemorate the project's milestones thus far as the first greenfield offshore wind port in the United States under construction and given the project's strategic position in the nascent industry's supply chain, we look forward to celebrating future phases of development, said Colin Whelan, director of projects, CG/LA Infrastructure, a Washington. D.C.-based organization that looks infrastructure strategy and project development.
In addition to the award last month, the wind port has announced its intentions to become properties at the New Jersey Wind Port from six of the world's most important turbine producers and offshore wind developers.
The 900-foot windmills are now back in the works, according to Philly Shipyard, a ship-building firm located just across the Delaware River from the two offshore wind production sites in New Jersey, has received a contract to construct up to two ships.
According to Thomas Grunwald, an executive at the Philadelphia-based firm, "Philly Shipyard is proud to contribute to the delivery of a vessel which will be essential in achieving the nation's ambitious offshore wind targets."
The 461-foot boat is intended to hold up to 20,000 metric tons of rock that will be deposited at the ocean bottom as a base for the monopiles.
The ship was ordered by Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company and will cost $197 million. It is the first of up to two ships to be built, but it will not be delivered until 2024, when Ocean Wind I, in the state, is scheduled to begin producing electricity.
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