Up next at N.J. Wind Port: Tenant selection for component manufacturers

Twitter/Gov. Phil Murphy A logo for the new Wind Port project.

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority announced Friday that it will launch the next phase of its tenant selection process for the New Jersey Wind Port in the coming weeks.

This phase, the EDA said, will seek offers from Tier 1 wind component manufacturers, such as blades, for an approximately 70-acre parcel of property at the port.

The parcel is currently undeveloped but is intended to be purpose-built for manufacturing and would adjoin a deep-water port. The parcel would be connected to two marshalling parcels via a purpose-built heavy-haul road corridor, providing unrivaled cost efficiencies for a manufacturer and its developer clients.

EDA officials said they anticipate that the parcel will be available for sublease from late 2026. A notice for the sublease of property will be issued in coming weeks and will be available here.

EDA CEO Tim Sullivan said the port will have great impact on the state.

“There is simply no better site to anchor an offshore wind manufacturing facility in the nation than at the New Jersey Wind Port, the nation’s only purpose-built greenfield wind port and epicenter of the nation’s fast emerging wind supply chain hub,” he said.

“For a manufacturer, being co-located with two marshalling parcels means significantly lower logistics costs, a win for industry and a win for energy consumers. At the same time, being part of the nation’s supply chain hub means ready access to a growing ecosystem of Tier 2 suppliers across southern New Jersey and throughout the state.”

The New Jersey Wind Port, located on the Delaware River in Lower Alloways Creek in Salem County, will be a transformative, hub-style port serving offshore wind projects in New Jersey and up and down the East Coast.

The port is being developed by the EDA on behalf of the state and represents a new approach to economic development that will spur both job creation and opportunities for businesses throughout the offshore wind supply chain. It has the potential to create up to 1,500 manufacturing, assembly and operations jobs, with wind projects supported by the port driving billions more dollars in economic growth.

EDA and state officials feel New Jersey is ideally placed to drive the development of the offshore wind industry in the country, since the state is home to a high concentration of skilled labor, a well-established maritime industry and workforce and a network of highly regarded colleges and universities.

The port is situated at the geographical center of the U.S.’ burgeoning offshore wind sector — with approximately 40 gigawatts of committed and planned offshore wind projects along the East Coast, including 7.5 GW of projects off the coast of New Jersey.

The port will offer offshore wind industry tenants the following key features:

  • Access to the Atlantic Ocean free of vertical restrictions;
  • Upland acreage purpose-built for marshalling and component manufacturing;
  • A wide approach channel from the main Delaware River Channel;
  • A purpose-built heavy-lift wharf, comprising both delivery and installation berths; and
  • Heavy-haul road connections between inland port parcels and the wharf.

New Jersey Board of Public Utilities President Joseph L. Fiordaliso said the state will benefit greatly.

“Manufacturing critical components of the offshore wind supply chain here in New Jersey will not only benefit our own offshore wind projects, but the entire industry up and down the East Coast,” he said.

“By diversifying the manufacturing opportunities available, we will bring more jobs and economic development opportunities to the Garden State as we work to achieve Gov. (Phil) Murphy’s goal of 7.5 GW by 2035.”