Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Project 1 announced it has executed a Pre-Commitment and Capacity Reservation Agreement with EEW American Offshore Structures to serve as the manufacturing company for monopiles on its 1.5-gigawatt offshore wind project.
Located approximately 10-20 miles off the coast of Atlantic City, Atlantic Shores Project 1 aims to generate enough clean energy to power more than 700,000 homes and bring $848 million in guaranteed local economic benefits to the state.
Atlantic Shores Project 1 — a 50/50 partnership between Shell New Energies U.S. and EDF-RE Offshore Development — is the largest single project awarded in New Jersey and third-largest offshore wind project in the U.S.
EEW Group is a global leader in manufacturing large-diameter steel pipes for offshore wind turbine foundations. EEW American Offshores Structures at the Port of Paulsboro Marine Terminal in New Jersey will be the largest offshore wind manufacturing facility in the U.S.
The PCCRA enables Atlantic Shores Project 1 to fully fabricate its monopiles in New Jersey and provides EEW-AOS the order book commitments needed to support the second phase of its manufacturing facility. Atlantic Shores Project 1 will also provide future payments for startup assistance in order to train and hire a local workforce for high-quality, in-demand jobs at the facility. EEW-AOS is working with its partners and the state of New Jersey to achieve all prerequisites to progress work on the second buildout phase at Port of Paulsboro Marine Terminal.
Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind CEO Joris Veldhoven said the partnership with EEW-AOS signals its strength as the leader of New Jersey’s clean energy economy.
“With the recent announcements of Vestas as our turbine supplier and Ramboll as foundations designer, this agreement with EEW-AOS represents significant progress toward ‘Made in New Jersey’ monopile manufacturing and the creation of quality jobs in the Garden State,” he said. “We are confident that EEW-AOS will have the site prepared to start manufacturing monopiles for Atlantic Shores Project 1 in 2024.”
Lee Laurendeau, CEO of EEW American Offshore Structures, said the impact of the agreement could be great.
“As a full-time resident of the Jersey Shore, I am keenly aware of our needs for both economic growth and solutions to address the significant impacts of climate change,” he said. “EEW-AOS is proud to partner with Atlantic Shores Project 1 on developing clean energy infrastructure that will create jobs, contribute to the local economy and support coastal community resiliency. We are working with our partners to ensure our Phase 2 facility expansion is ready for Atlantic Shores Project 1, and to help New Jersey achieve its bold and ambitious offshore wind goals.”