New Jersey advances for first U.S. Atlantic wind substation jacket job with Blackstone deal
The first dedicated offshore wind substation duct fabrication yard on the U.S. Atlantic Coast is set to be built in the state of New Jersey following an agreement between Blackstone-owned Atlantic Power Transmission (APT) Infrastructure, and Morrison Energy.
The investment, which has not been given a monetary value beyond that on which it is “based” APT’s previously announced $50 million spending plans in the state, is to be triggered by the awarding of bids to secure the transmission of 3.75 GW of offshore wind power to the existing power grid, as requested in the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities’ latest solicitation ( NJBPU) and PJM Interconnection.
“The combined collective expertise of APT, Morrison and Blackstone collaborating on this historic initiative underscores APT’s long-standing commitment to investing in New Jersey’s workforce and kick-starts an exciting chapter in the energy transition.” own East Coast,” said Andy Geissbuehler, CEO of APT.
The historic facility, which will be built at one of “various waterfront sites” currently under consideration, including the “very prestigious and well-suited” NJ Wind Port, is set to begin with manufacturing an initial trio of liners steel for the giant 1.2GW substations that APT aims to install as part of the gigascale wave of offshore wind farms currently surging off the state.
“We plan to build 5,000 ton jacket foundations [in line with] our three planned transmission proposals of 1.2 GW to the State of New Jersey,” said Geissbuehler Reload.
“However, the launch of jacket manufacturing on the US East Coast will have a significant impact on the development of the industry beyond this first project. Our goal is to help New Jersey develop a solid offshore wind industrial base.”
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Morrison CEO Chet Morrison said, “Morrison is committed to the development of offshore wind energy in the United States by supporting APT’s partnership in developing New Brunswick’s union workforce. Jersey with skilled workers who can propel the [state’s] wind energy sector for decades to come.
Morrison stressed that the deal would be supported by “a dedicated presence” in New Jersey, with a focus on investment in workforce development. “Unionized workers will be trained in a unique skill set. The manufacturing facilities will create hundreds of jobs in New Jersey and lay the foundation for future projects in the state,” he said.
“The engagement contributes to the creation of a labor hub for the burgeoning offshore wind industry in the Northeast region and the state, addressing one of the recommendations made by the New Jersey Offshore Wind Strategic Plan“Said the two companies in a press release.
The APT works with the New Jersey Union Coalition – including the Eastern Atlantic States Carpenters Regional Council (EASRCC), the International Union of Operating Engineers, the Iron Workers Union and the International Brotherhood of electrical workers – on the construction project and said it would “continue to further expand the existing partnership…with the workers”.
“EAS carpenters are encouraged by how APT and Morrison have embraced this opportunity and are focused on plans to train and prepare New Jersey’s highly skilled tradesmen and women for our state’s future industries” , said EASRCC Executive Secretary-Treasurer William Sproule.
“EAS Carpenters’ additional relationship with preferred partners APT and Blackstone will provide opportunities for skilled New Jersey tradesmen and women for years to come.”
Last December, the APT announced its bid to develop a clean electricity transmission network – in response to the 2021 New Jersey Offshore Wind SAA Transmission Solicitation initiated by the NJBPU – which is expected to create $1.5 billion in economic benefits for the state, as well as 1,000 direct jobs per year for five years of construction.