New York finalises contracts for Empire Wind 2 and Beacon Wind projects

New York Governor Kathy Hochul on Friday announced the finalisation of contracts between the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Empire Wind Offshore LLC and Beacon Wind LLC, each a 50-50 partnership between Equinor and BP, for the Empire Wind 2 and Beacon Wind offshore wind projects.

The announcement formally closes NY State’s second offshore wind competitive solicitation.

The 1,260 MW Empire Wind 2 and 1,230 MW Beacon Wind projects were provisionally awarded in January 2021 and are expected to enter into commercial operation in 2027 and 2028, respectively.

The project contracts include commitments to public and private funding commitments of $644m for port infrastructure, including $357m for a wind tower manufacturing facility to be built at the Port of Albany and more than $287m for an offshore wind staging and assembly facility at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal.

Kim Biggar

Kim Biggar started writing in the supply chain sector in 2000, when she joined the Canadian Association of Supply Chain & Logistics Management. In 2004/2005, she was project manager for the Government of Canada-funded Canadian Logistics Skills Committee, which led to her 13-year role as communications manager of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. A longtime freelance writer, Kim has contributed to publications including The Forwarder, 3PL Americas, The Shipper Advocate and Supply Chain Canada.
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