Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind selects Cherry Hill-based firm for substation expansion program

Riggs Distler will design, engineer and install major electric infrastructure upgrades to enable delivery of clean energy to 700,000 homes

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Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind on Tuesday said it selected Cherry Hill-based Riggs Distler to lead the Cardiff substation expansion program for Atlantic Shores Project 1, New Jersey’s first offshore wind project.

Riggs Distler, a Centuri company, is one of the largest union utility, mechanical and electrical contractors in the U.S., with a growing portfolio of work in emerging clean energy technologies.

Atlantic Shores Project 1 will deliver 1,510 megawatts of clean energy to the state of New Jersey. The project will generate enough safe, reliable, renewable power to serve more than 700,000 homes while contributing nearly $2 billion in the Garden State economy.

“Atlantic Shores is thrilled to partner with Riggs Distler on making critical near-term investments at the Cardiff substation that support the local supply chain and create even more great-paying union jobs in Atlantic County,” Joris Veldhoven, CEO, Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, said. “These important infrastructure upgrades will enable us to bring safe, reliable, renewable power from New Jersey’s first offshore wind project onto the electric grid.”

“Riggs Distler is proud to support Atlantic Shores on this important infrastructure project connecting offshore wind energy to the grid in New Jersey. Along with our partners, Jingoli Power and Worley Engineering, our work is creating economic growth and job opportunities right here in our own backyard as we work to build a cleaner energy future,” Steve Zemaitatis, Riggs Distler CEO and president, said.

The contract scope includes the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of all-new electrical equipment for an expansion of the 230-kilovolt Cardiff Substation expansion located in Egg Harbor Township.

The expansion work includes site preparation and the construction of a new electrical enclosure and control building to house a 230 kV gas insulated switchgear with associated controls. Other improvements include outdoor electrical equipment, 230 kV duct banks, cable trenches, ancillary/auxiliary equipment and site fencing.

These necessary upgrades, identified by the regional transmission operator, will create the point of interconnection to bring safe, reliable, renewable power from Atlantic Shores Project 1 onto the local electric grid.