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Winners of New York Bight lease battle revealed

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 28/02/2022 DOI

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), part of the Department of the Interior (DOI), has announced the results of the nation’s highest-grossing competitive offshore energy lease sale in history, including oil and gas lease sales, with the New York Bight offshore wind sale.

Six lease areas were auctioned totalling over 488,000 acres in the New York Bight for potential wind energy development. The winning bids from six companies totalled approximately $4.37 billion.

Winners include:

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- OW Ocean Winds East, LLC, a partnership between  Ocean Winds (a 50-50 joint venture by EDP Renewables and ENGIE) and Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) secured a 71,522 acre lease with a bid of $765 million.

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 - Attentive Energy LLC, jointly owned by TotalEnergies and EnBW. It has been separately announced EnBW plans to sell its stake in the 84,332 lease to TotalEnergies. The winning bid for this site reached $795 million.

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Bight Wind Holdings, LLC a joint venture between RWE and National Grid secured the largest site, 125,964 acres, with a bid of $1.1 billion

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- Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Bight, LLC, a subsidiary of Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, LLC which is owned 50:50 by Shell New Energies US LLC and EDF Renewables North America secured a 183,000 acre lease area with a bid of  $780 million.

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Invenergy Wind Offshore LLC, led by project sponsors Invenergy and energyRe secured a 83,976 lease with a bid of $645 million.

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Mid-Atlantic Offshore Wind LLC, owned by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, saw success with a winning bid of $285 million for a 125,964 acre site.

“We must have a robust and resilient domestic offshore wind supply chain to deliver good-paying, union jobs and the economic benefits to residents in the region,”
said BOEM Director Amanda Lefton. “Because we understand the value of meaningful community engagement, we are requiring lessees to report their engagement activities to BOEM, specifically noting how they’re incorporating any feedback into their future plans.”

Before the leases are finalised, the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission will conduct an anti-competitiveness review of the auction, and the provisional winners will be required to pay the winning bids and provide financial assurance to Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

DOI revealed that the New York Bight offshore wind leases include innovative stipulations designed to promote the development of a US supply chain for offshore wind energy and enhance engagement with Tribes, the commercial fishing industry, other ocean users and underserved communities. The stipulations are also expected to advance flexibility in transmission planning. Stipulations include incentives to source major components domestically – such as blades, turbines and foundations – and to enter into project labour agreements to ensure projects are union-built.


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