Vestas selected as preferred supplier for the US 2.1GW Empire Wind 1 and Empire Wind 2 offshore wind farms
Empire Offshore Wind, a joint venture between Equinor and bp, has named Vestas as the preferred turbine supplier for the 2.1GW Empire Wind 1 and Empire Wind 2 offshore wind projects in New York, USA. This is one of the largest preferred supplier agreements to be announced in the USA.
Vestas will provide 138 V236-15.0MW turbines for Empire Wind 1 and 2, located 24-48km off the coast of Long Island. With this project, New York, Equinor, bp, and Vestas are together taking a leading role in USA’s offshore industry development and bringing the USA one step closer to achieving President Biden’s goal of 30GW of offshore wind capacity installed by 2030 as well as New York State’s goal of installing 9GW of offshore wind capacity by 2035.
“We are honoured to partner with Equinor and bp as preferred supplier for the Empire wind projects and provide our V236-15.0MW turbine to help New York achieve its ambitious offshore wind energy goals. To be part of a landmark project like Empire Wind 1 and 2 is a testament to the hard work of Vestas colleagues across the world dedicated to developing offshore technology capable of delivering, reliable, resilient, and sustainable wind energy to communities around the world”, says Laura Beane, President of Vestas North America.
The tower sections for Empire Wind 1 and 2 are planned to be sourced from the Marmen/Welcon plant, which is being developed in Port of Albany. For staging of turbine components, Vestas will utilize the upgraded port at South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, developing a local, New York-based, supply chain to provide a comprehensive set of services in the staging, pre-assembly and installation activities. According to Vestas this project is a catalyst for developing a sustainable New York Supply chain and workforce from manufacturing, to installation, to service. In addition, Vestas will deliver a comprehensive multi-year solution to service the wind farm when operational, with the goal to establish a New York-based service organisation providing high quality, local employment opportunities.
If and when the agreement with Empire wind materialises in a firm order for Vestas, Vestas will disclose the order in a company announcement in accordance with the company’s disclosure policy.