South Fork developers pick local contractor for onshore transmission works

Eversource and Ørsted have selected Long Island-based contractor Haugland Energy Group LLC (Haugland Grup) to install the underground duct bank system for
South Fork Wind's onshore transmission line and to lead the construction of the project’s onshore interconnection facility located in East Hampton, New York.

According to Haugland, the new agreement will create more than 100 union jobs for Long Island skilled trades workers, including heavy equipment operators, electricians, lineworkers, and local delivery drivers who will support transportation of materials to the project site.. In addition to Haugland, several other local businesses will support the project’s construction activities and will prioritise local sourcing of construction materials.

"Transmission is our expertise at Eversource, and together with Haugland Group, we will combine our decades of knowledge to ensure a smooth transition to clean, renewable energy for thousands of New Yorkers,"
said Joe Nolan, Chief Executive Officer and President of Eversource Energy. "We are excited to start this work soon and even more excited to be doing it hand in hand with local union labor. New Yorkers are continuing to step up to combat climate change, and we are proud to be partnering with them to achieve their clean energy goals.”

“This agreement is a critical step for South Fork Wind and New York in advancing onshore construction and delivering clean energy,”
said David Hardy Chief Executive Officer of Ørsted Offshore North America. “Partnering with a local union contractor like Haugland Group is central to our commitment to continue building a new U.S. offshore wind industry that provides good-paying jobs in the communities we serve.”

“Haugland Group could not be prouder to partner with Eversource and Ørsted on the South Fork offshore wind project, which we hope to be the first of many successful enterprises as we build toward Long Island’s future,”
said Billy Haugland, Co-President of Haugland Group. “Embracing renewable energy resources like offshore wind are critical, not only to bolster Long Island’s infrastructure, but also to infuse our local community with tremendous economic growth as it provides new opportunities to our labor force, local businesses and contracting community. Haugland is honored to help reshape Long Island’s utility landscape while providing clean energy to its residents.”

South Fork Wind remains on track to be fully permitted by early 2022. The project’s joint venture partners, Ørsted and Eversource, are set to ramp up construction activities soon after on the 132 MW offshore wind farm serving Long Island. It is expected to begin operations at the end of 2023. Back in November, South Fork Wind received its Record of Decision from the US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, marking a new milestone in the federal environmental review for what is poised to be New York’s first offshore wind farm.

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