Ørsted and Eversource ink $86 million supply chain contract

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 11/10/2021 Ørsted
Ørsted and Eversource, Sunrise Wind's joint development partners, have signed an $86 million supply chain contract with Riggs Distler & Company, Inc. to construct advanced foundation components for wind turbines at the Port of Coeymans.

Additionally, the State revealed that it will offer its next offshore wind solicitation in early 2022, targeting port infrastructure and supply chain investment.

It is anticipated that 115 local union workers will be based at the Port of Coeymans to construct large-scale 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.  

With the execution of this contract, Riggs Distler & Company, Inc, a 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.  

Additionally, this Sunrise Wind project investment is expected to create manufacturing opportunities for local New York companies and to create solid jobs for New Yorkers.

Ljungström LLC, of Wellsville, in Alleghany County, New York, will manufacture the steel components and deliver them to the Port of Coeymans. This is anticipated to create at least 100 jobs in Western New York.

The construction at the Port of Coeymans will be covered by a Project Labour Agreement. In accordance with the developers' commitment, Ørsted and Eversource will negotiate a Project Labour Agreement with the Greater Capital Region Building and Construction Trades Council, covering all construction work performed at the port in connection with the advanced components by Riggs Distler.

A total of 115 skilled tradesmen and tradeswomen from New York's building and construction trades, including electricians, carpenters, concrete masons, operating engineers, ironworkers, labourers and others are to be mobilised to fabricate the components at the Port of Coeymans.

Ørsted and Eversource, as part of Sunrise Wind, will also launch a $1 million workforce training initiative under the leadership of the Center for Economic Growth. This aims to support project activities that cover the project's scope, help raise job opportunity awareness and ensure area residents will have access to offshore wind economic opportunities, including efforts to prioritise skills training and hiring within disadvantaged communities.

Sunrise Wind is an approximately 880MW wind farm located more than 30 miles east of Montauk Point. New York State selected the project in a competitive solicitation in 2019 as one of NYSERDA’s inaugural offshore wind farms. It is one of the largest offshore wind project in New York, and one of the largest on the U.S. Atlantic Coast.

Ørsted and Eversource are also developing New York’s first offshore wind farm:
South Fork, a 132 MW project to serve Long Island.

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