New York State signs offshore wind supply contract with Ørsted, Eversource

New York's 2022 Offshore Wind Solicitation to Target Significant Port Infrastructure and Supply Chain Investment, Supports New York's Nation-Leading Goal to Develop 9,000 Megawatts of Offshore Wind by 2035.

New York State signs offshore wind supply contract with Ørsted, Eversource
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Governor Kathy Hochul has announced the largest, single offshore wind supply chain contract award in New York State to support the State's Sunrise Wind offshore wind project. 

Ørsted and Eversource, Sunrise Wind's joint development partners, signed a $86 million supply chain contract with Riggs Distler & Company, Inc. to construct advanced foundation components for wind turbines at the Port of Coeymans, bringing construction and steel manufacturing work to New York companies located in the Capital Region and Western New York, and creating 230 family-sustaining jobs. 

Additionally, the State will offer its next offshore wind solicitation in early 2022 targeting significant port infrastructure and supply chain investment to further maximize the long-term economic benefits of this burgeoning industry.

Governor Hochul said:

"This new partnership for New York's Sunrise Wind project will infuse $86 million into New York's economy which directly benefits New York companies and creates quality construction and manufacturing jobs in local communities."

It is anticipated 115 local union workers will be based at the Port of Coeymans to construct hundreds of large-scale and specialized components that are fundamental elements of the wind farm's turbine foundations. These components, ranging in size from 12 to 120 tons each and as tall as 40 feet, include the foundations' internal and external platforms, railings, steel ladders, cages, and other key parts that will attach to the monopile foundations the wind turbine generators will stand upon.  

Joe Nolan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eversource Energy, said:

"Offshore wind, including our Sunrise Wind project, will play a key role in creating a new, clean energy future for all New Yorkers, helping combat the worst impacts of climate change while creating a new domestic supply chain that will benefit generations."

With the execution of this contract, Riggs Distler & Company, Inc, a leading union construction solutions firm with offices in Mt. Vernon and Saugerties, New York, and Cherry Hill, New Jersey, will serve as the general contractor to build the prefabricated advanced foundation components at the Port of Coeymans. Once complete, the components will be shipped down the Hudson River and out to the Sunrise Wind offshore wind farm site, located in federal waters roughly 30 miles east of Montauk Point, N.Y. Riggs Distler is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Centuri Group, Inc.