As green energy sources become more popular, it’s expected that solar and wind energy will see a major ramp up in the near future. In turn, this could create rather lucrative construction opportunities. One state in particular which is aiming to take advantage of this is New Jersey, where construction on what will be the nation’s largest wind manufacturing facility has recently begun.
The facility, known as Ocean Wind, is a joint venture between renewable energy company Ørsted, the New Jersey Public Service Enterprise Group, and steel pipe manufacturer EEW. Ørsted had just recently completed a 25% divestment of the project to PSEG, which they originally announced back in December. That same month, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced a $250 million investment into the project, which is located at the Paulsboro Marine Terminal.
Construction of the facility will be completed via a project labor agreement with the South Jersey Building Trades Council, ensuring that the new jobs will be filled by union tradesmen and women from New Jersey. Construction activities will include clearing the 70-acre site, reinforcement to increase quayside bearing capacities to accommodate the 2,500-ton monopiles, and building facilities for painting, welding, and sandblasting. To help drive more economic benefits to the state, EEW has contracted work to more than 30 New Jersey companies.
Regarding the wind plant, Gov. Murphy said that “Positioning New Jersey in the offshore wind industry and developing our offshore wind capabilities have been key priorities of my administration since day one… As the largest industrial offshore wind investment in the U.S. to date, the Paulsboro Marine Terminal will be a significant driving force for the state’s economy and create hundreds of good-paying, union jobs to South Jersey. Offshore wind is a once-in-a-generation opportunity; this groundbreaking signals a monumental step forward in propelling New Jersey’s clean energy economy for generations to come.”