Friday, September 17, 2021

New Wind Port Project Will Provide Power for Many and Work for Logistics Interests

Largest Such Development in the US Gets the Go Ahead
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US – The scramble to attain pollution free energy status continues and is likely to cause a literal wind fall for logistics practitioners in the eastern United States as the ambitious New Jersey Wind Port project saw its 78 year term land lease signed this week.

The port, a decade in the planning, is set to be the largest such facility in the country and will be a site which supplies all the technical kit used to construct offshore wind turbine facilities. An artificial island near the Delaware eastern shore will be home to the port which happens to be one of the only few ports capable of offshore wind turbine marshalling and manufacturing.

The new lease was signed for the Salem County site by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) and Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) and the port will be fully capable of managing the staging, assembly and other manufacturing that coincides with offshore wind projects along the US east coast. Governor Phil Murphy commented:

”[Our geographic location] is perfectly situated for offshore wind marshalling, allowing the parts to be manufactured here to be moved directly from the port to the offshore wind farms that are going to rise off the Atlantic coastline. This project represents a once in a generation economic injection for the state, with the potential to increase our GDP by over $500 million a year. It will also create many high quality jobs.

“We now have the opportunity to position New Jersey as a leader of an emerging global industry that will support jobs for years to come, but more than that by supporting our goal to build 7,500 mega-watts of wind energy by the year 2035, generating enough clean energy to power half of New Jersey’s homes, this is an investment in New Jersey’s future.”

NJEDA chief executive officer Tim Sullivan called the project a transformational investment which would create jobs and drive billions of dollars of economic activity throughout the state, while Senate President Stephen Sweeney added:

”We have all known for a long time that New Jersey is uniquely positioned to become the wind energy hub for the north east. It is especially exciting for Salem County because it has been depressed for decades, a once thriving community that stood proud and strong has been down on its luck and this new port gives it an opportunity to recreate itself. I can’t tell you how excited I am to see how bright the future of this new industry is going to be.”