The United States’ first utility-scale projects have begun offshore construction bolstered by domestic supply chain
For Immediate Release: June 22, 2023
Media Contact: Luke Jeanfreau | [email protected] | 504-444-3766
BALTIMORE — Today, Ørsted and New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced the completion of the first monopile foundation for the South Fork Wind project, New York’s first offshore wind project. This announcement comes just two weeks after the completion of the first monopile foundation at Vineyard Wind 1, the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind project.
The two projects will be staged out of the ports of New London, Connecticut, and New Bedford, Massachusetts using local labor and supply chain participants. Additional foundation components for South Fork Wind were fabricated in Providence, Rhode Island. Advancement of the South Fork Wind project includes additional key U.S. milestones as the project includes the first U.S.-built substation for offshore wind and will be serviced by the ECO Edison, the first U.S.-built service operation vessel for offshore wind. Broadcast today, Network CEO Liz Burdock spoke to CBS News about the SOV construction and what it symbolizes for the U.S. Market.
The following statement can be attributed to Business Network for Offshore Wind CEO Liz Burdock:
“We have achieved steel in the water; America’s first two commercial-scale offshore wind projects have now both installed their first foundation components and will soon be delivering clean, reliable power to the grid. In support of our industry’s advancement, a supply chain of shipbuilders, factories, small business suppliers, and labor unions is coming to life, creating jobs across the country and showcasing how the offshore wind industry is revitalizing manufacturing communities from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes and East Coast. The U.S. industry is just getting started, and the demand for vessels, parts, and labor means we need more suppliers, manufacturers, and engineers to get involved and help build this next great American industry.”
- Press Release: Governor Hochul Announces Major Milestone for South Fork Wind with Installation of First Offshore Foundation at New York’s First Offshore Wind Farm
- Press Release: Vineyard Wind Begins Turbine Foundation Installation
- CBS Mornings segment on ECO Edison
For more information or to arrange an interview with the Network, contact Luke Jeanfreau at [email protected] or 504-444-3766.
The Business Network for Offshore Wind is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a robust offshore wind supply chain in the U.S. It advances the industry forward through education, facilitating partnerships, and events, including the International Offshore Wind Partnership Forum, the largest offshore wind conference in America. Learn more at offshorewindus.org.