Marmen Welcon and Smulders form strategic alliance for Port of Albany

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 25/08/2021 Marmen Welcon

Marmen Welcon LLC (Marmen Welcon) has concluded a strategic alliance with European-based international steel construction company Smulders for the manufacturing of transition pieces at the Port of Albany.

It is expected that the highly automated facility will be operational and producing transition pieces by the end of 2023. Port development is scheduled to begin later in 2021.

Equinor and Marmen Welcon are driving a US$350 million investment at the Port of Albany, which is supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The project is the largest manufacturing project of renewable offshore wind towers in the US.

"Smulders is clearly the right partner for Marmen Welcon with its track record of over 2,000 transition pieces manufactured at its facilities located in Europe,"
said Patrick Pellerin, President of Marmen. "The strategic partnership will allow for knowledge transfer and enhance our manufacturing capabilities for transition piece production in our future Port of Albany facility."

"With this announcement, offshore wind developers now have the opportunity to source all of their large steel-fabricated components (foundations, transition pieces and towers) in the U.S., thanks to our new facility,"
said Carsten Pedersen, Chairman of Welcon.

Raf Iemants, Managing Director of Smulders, said: "With already more than 20 years of offshore wind experience in the European market, we are looking forward to sharing our expertise in the manufacturing of transition pieces with Marmen Welcon and contribute to the development of a sustainable supply chain for the upcoming U.S. offshore wind market."