Offshore Wind Backers Announce Plan To Boost Jobs In Ny

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Backers of a planned offshore wind farm announced an $86 million contract Friday to train workers and build infrastructure in New York.

The proposed 122-turbine Sunrise Wind farm will need several hundred large structures, including concrete platforms, steel ladders and railings, for wind turbine generators.

Orsted and Eversource, Sunrise Wind’s joint development partners, say the farm will power nearly 600,000 homes from its proposed location about 30 miles east of Montauk Point on Long Island.

The backers say the $86 million contract will help build an offshore wind manufacturing base in New York and create over 200 jobs.

New Jersey-based steel company Riggs Distler and Belgium-based steel company Smulders will serve as the general contractors.

New York-based Ljungstrom, a division of global supplier Arvos Group, will fabricate steel parts needed for suspended platforms and cages. Those pieces will then get shipped for final construction assembly at the Ports of Coeymans marine terminal, which is about 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of Albany.

In 2019, Sunrise Wind won a state bid to move ahead with the large-scale wind farm. The backers hope it will be fully operational in 2025.

New York has passed ambitious clean energy goals in recent years. The state set mandated goals of a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040 and 70% renewable energy generation by 2030.

Gov. Kathy Hochul said the project will underscore New York's position as a “national hub for offshore wind.”