Ørsted and Eversource take steps to establish ProvPort manufacturing facility

In: Windfarms
Joint-venture partners Ørsted and Eversource are taking the first steps toward transforming ProvPort into a regional offshore wind hub. The two companies announced a new advanced foundation component facility to support the assembly of the developers’ portfolio of Northeast offshore wind farms.

The new 228-foot long facility will be used for fabrication and assembly of foundation platforms for Ørsted and Eversource’s joint-venture offshore wind projects serving Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York.

Ørsted and Eversource have also reached a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with the Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council and Dimeo Construction, ensuring that the site upgrades and facility construction required to turn ProvPort into a regional offshore wind hub will be completed by local, union labor.

“Rhode Island is proud to be home to not only the country’s first offshore wind farm, but also one of the most thriving offshore wind industries in the nation,”
said Rhode Island Governor Daniel J. McKee. “Ørsted and Eversource are keeping their commitment to making significant investments in Rhode Island to create new, good-paying union jobs and position our port facilities to become central hubs in this growing industry. Rhode Islanders are ready to get to work building the next great U.S. offshore wind farms.”

“We’re reaffirming our commitment to Rhode Island with the advancement of a regional fabrication and assembly hub at ProvPort,”
said David Hardy, Chief Executive Officer of Ørsted Offshore North America. “Our partnership with local labor is critical to the success of our offshore wind farms and we’re ready to put more local tradesmen and women to work in the state where we launched America’s offshore wind industry.”

“Offshore wind will play a key role in helping Rhode Island recover from the grips of the Covid-19 pandemic, delivering good-paying, local jobs and providing significant  economic investment to position the state’s infrastructure for the industries of the future,”
said Joe Nolan, Executive Vice President for Strategy, Customer, and Corporate Relations, and incoming Chief Executive Officer and President as of May 5 at Eversource Energy. “We are proud to partner with the Rhode Island Building Trades on this critical project that will help transform ProvPort into a regional hub for offshore wind, while ensuring that union labor plays a central role in the state’s quest to reduce emissions and deliver on the promise of clean energy.”

“Rhode Island tradesmen and women built America’s first offshore wind farm and are ready to get back to work, this time on the country’s next-generation offshore wind farms,”
said Michael F. Sabitoni, President of the Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council. “These jobs represent tremendous opportunities for union workers to contribute their skills and enthusiasm to a growing industry that will help our state’s economic recovery and power our future.”

In total, Ørsted and Eversource are investing a combined $40 million at ProvPort and Quonset Point, in North Kingstown, R.I., to support the development of the Revolution Wind project serving Rhode and Connecticut, as well as the South Fork Wind project serving New York.

The site upgrades and facility construction at ProvPort will create approximately 40 union jobs.

In November 2020, Ørsted and Eversource signed a landmark agreement with North America’s Building Trades Unions, an alliance of 14 national and international unions representing over three million construction workers, for the build out of their U.S. portfolio of projects with union labor. The NABTU agreement is based on the successful model developed by the Rhode Island Building Trades for the Block Island Wind Farm, under the leadership of President Michael Sabitoni.

Ørsted and Eversource teamed up back In December 2016 to launch a new clean energy industry in the U.S. Northeast. That partnership has now grown to include at least 1,700 MW of offshore wind under development, including the 704 MW
Revolution Wind project to help power Rhode Island and Connecticut; the 132 MW South Fork Wind to serve Long Island, and the 924 MW Sunrise Wind project which will provide power for New York.

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