October 6, 2022, Atlantic City, NJ (New Jersey), USA
After a thorough and competitive process, Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind (Atlantic Shores), a 50:50 partnership between Shell New Energies and EDF Renewables, is proud to announce its selection of Vestas as the preferred supplier for its 1.5 GW offshore wind project in New Jersey, USA.
Vestas will provide its industry leading V236-15MWtm offshore wind turbines, with installation expected in 2027. Once installed, the project will generate enough clean energy to power more than 700,000 U.S. homes.
This Preferred Supplier Agreement (PSA) was signed shortly after New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy issued an Executive Order increasing the state’s offshore wind target by 50 percent to achieve 11 GW by 2040.
“The Murphy Administration has set bold offshore wind development and emissions reduction goals, and we’re backing up those commitments to a more sustainable Garden State through focused action and concrete investments that address climate change while creating good family sustaining jobs,” said Jane Cohen, Executive Director of the New Jersey Governor’s Office of Climate Action and the Green Economy. “Atlantic Shores’ selection of Vestas as the preferred supplier of its New Jersey offshore wind project marks another crucial step toward our state’s transition to a green economy and realizing our clean energy future.”
“Today’s announcement by Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind and Vestas is an exciting step forward for one of New Jersey’s first offshore wind projects,” said New Jersey Board of Public Utilities President Joseph L. Fiordaliso. “This key development milestone helps keep the State on track for achieving Governor Murphy’s goal of 100% clean energy by 2050 and our nation leading goal of 11GW of offshore wind by 2040.”
With this project, New Jersey, Atlantic Shores, and Vestas are together taking a leading role in meeting the state’s clean energy goal, while also advancing the Biden Administration’s goal to support the deployment of 30 GW of offshore wind in the United States by 2030.
“We are proud to partner with Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind as the preferred supplier for its project and deploy our flagship V236-15MWtm turbine to help New Jersey achieve its goal of rapidly developing offshore wind and creating new clean energy jobs,” said Laura Beane, President of Vestas North America. “Scaling offshore wind in the U.S.A. depends upon consistent policy and predictable, steady volume over a long period of time, and New Jersey’s newly stated 11 GW offshore target combined with stable federal policy signals this intent.”
Given the state’s significant investment in the New Jersey Wind Port and keeping in line with the Atlantic Shores’ commitments to New Jersey as part of its selected Project 1 proposal, Vestas intends to establish a nacelle assembly facility at the New Jersey Wind Port in Salem County where the assembly and testing of the hub, cooler top, and heli-hoist modules will take place. The facility will supply Atlantic Shores’ inaugural project in its portfolio.
In addition, Vestas will deliver a comprehensive wind turbine service solution as soon as the project commences operations. These services will be executed from a state-of-the-art operations and maintenance base established by Atlantic Shores in Atlantic City, that will also provide additional local employment opportunities over the life of the project.
“Since our award in June 2021, Atlantic Shores has conducted an extensive due diligence and procurement process to find the right turbine supply partner that will enable us to deliver the best value to the state of New Jersey, including local content commitments. We are proud to have concluded that process with the selection of Vestas as our preferred supplier, and we look forward to moving forward together to successfully deliver our Project 1,” said Joris Veldhoven, CEO of Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind.
“Congratulations to Atlantic Shores on a major milestone investment decision as part of its development of one of the largest offshore wind projects in the US, which is a sign of tremendous confidence in Governor Phil Murphy’s offshore wind economic development strategy that has positioned New Jersey to be the capital of American offshore wind,” said NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan. “Vestas’ proposal to build the nation’s first offshore wind nacelle assembly facility in New Jersey is a watershed moment for the U.S. wind industry. This proposed investment by one of world’s largest turbine manufacturers, and their identification of the New Jersey Wind Port as their preferred manufacturing hub, underscores the massive potential economic impact of Gov. Murphy’s investment in this game-changing purpose-built infrastructure project. We look forward to working with Vestas to finalize their proposal and maximize the jobs and economic impact of the investment for Salem County, South Jersey, and the entire state of New Jersey.”
If the agreement with Atlantic Shores is converted to a firm order for Vestas, Vestas will disclose the order in a company announcement in accordance with the company’s disclosure policy.
For more information, please contact:
External Affairs Consultant, Atlantic Shores
Tel: +1 (516) 659-9369
Marketing & Communications Specialist
Tel: +1 (503) 260-6754
About Atlantic Shores:
Atlantic Shores is a 50:50 joint venture between EDF Renewables and Shell New Energies. Both companies come with decades of experience developing onshore and offshore projects across the globe. Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind is composed of over 100 experts dedicated to delivering its 5+GW portfolio, strategically positioned to meet the growing demands of multiple East Coast Markets.
Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind is developing a portfolio of wind farms off the coast of New Jersey and New York that will be a major source of clean, affordable energy for the state and region; this includes a 1.5 GW project off the coast of Atlantic City that will power 700,000 homes by 2027 and 2028. Atlantic Shores has three additional projects that will provide power to hundreds of thousands more.
We invite you to learn more about Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind by visiting our website at www.atlanticshoreswind.com and following us on our social media channels.
Vestas is the energy industry’s global partner on sustainable energy solutions. We design, manufacture, install, and service onshore and offshore wind turbines across the globe, and with more than 157 GW of wind turbines in 88 countries, we have installed more wind power than anyone else. Through our industry-leading smart data capabilities and unparalleled more than 137 GW of wind turbines under service, we use data to interpret, forecast, and exploit wind resources and deliver best-in-class wind power solutions. Together with our customers, Vestas’ more than 28,000 employees are bringing the world sustainable energy solutions to power a bright future.
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*This post was edited on 10/7/2022 to include an expanded quote from NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan.