Offshore wind developer Ørsted and German manufacturer EEW are leading a $250 million investment in the Paulsboro Marine Terminal in Gloucester County, Gov. Phil Murphy announced today at a press event. The investment, which is the largest in offshore wind manufacturing in US history, will help construct a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility to build steel components, known as monopiles, for offshore wind turbines.
Construction on the facility will break ground in January 2021, with production beginning in 2023.
“This spot upon which we are standing will soon be the site of a state-of-the-art factory which will turn out steel components – not just for the offshore wind farms [on] our own coast – but for the offshore wind industry nationwide,” Murphy said.
“What we are inaugurating here is an investment in offshore industry manufacturing that will benefit the entire nation,” the governor continued, adding that the investment will also lead to the creation of “more than 500 good paying jobs” in Paulsboro.
“This is an important step forward that will support a new era of economic development and job growth in South Jersey with the ability to produce economic benefits for generations to come,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney. “Bringing offshore-wind manufacturers to New Jersey is key to making the state a hub of the supply chain for wind energy products and services. The new headquarters for EEW will locate a leading manufacturer of monopiles to the Paulsboro Terminal, where it will help make the port a thriving center of commerce. The collaboration between the public and private sectors to get this done is a powerful reminder of what we have to do to create economic opportunities and what we can do to promote offshore wind energy.”
In June, Murphy also announced plans to develop the New Jersey Wind Port in Lower Alloways Creek, another first-in-the-nation infrastructure investment that will provide a location for essential staging, assembly, and manufacturing activities related to offshore wind projects on the East Coast. According to the governor, the development of the New Jersey Wind Port, coupled with the construction of the new manufacturing facility at the Paulsboro Marine Terminal, is a big step toward solidifying New Jersey as the country’s leader in offshore wind and clean energy procurement.
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