NJEDA to launch tenant selection process for Wind Port

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 24/09/2021 NJEDA
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) has announced that it will shortly be launching the next phase of its tenant selection process for the New Jersey Wind Port. The Wind Port, located on the Delaware River in Lower Alloways Creek in Salem County, is planned to be hub-style port serving offshore wind (OSW) projects in New Jersey and up and down the US East Coast.

NJEDA will shortly be seeking non-binding offers from OSW developers and component manufacturers on four parcels of property at the Port. Available properties include two parcels of property with the potential to be purpose-built for offshore wind marshalling, staging and final assembly of turbines. It also includes two parcels of property with the potential to be purpose-built for offshore wind turbine component manufacturing and assembly.

NJEDA anticipates that certain parcels will be available for sublease from 2023. A notice for the sublease of property will be issued in coming weeks.

“The New Jersey Wind Port is a strategic economic driver that not only furthers Governor Phil Murphy’s goal of 100 percent clean energy for New Jersey by 2050, but also presents extraordinary economic potential for businesses up and down the OSW manufacturing supply chain,”
said NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan. “Wind turbines are comprised of numerous elements, and each element in the manufacturing process represents an entry point for businesses and a need for skilled workers. These available properties offer incomparable access to opportunity in the heart of this rapidly emerging manufacturing hub.”

Based on the current design, the Port will offer OSW industry tenants access to the Atlantic Ocean free of vertical restrictions, upland acreage purpose-built for marshalling and component manufacturing and a wide approach channel from the main Delaware River Channel. It will also feature a purpose-built heavy-lift wharf, comprising both delivery and installation berths, as well as heavy-haul road connections between inland port parcels and the Wharf.

On 9th September, New Jersey's Governor Phil Murphy led the celebration for a groundbreaking at the site of the New Jersey Wind Port. The event included the signing of a project labour agreement (PLA) and was followed by the signing of a 78-year lease between the NJEDA and PSEG for the site. The State is committed to using union labour to construct the Wind Port and intends to set a new standard for inclusion of minority and women workers and business owners. Construction is targeted to begin in 2021.