New Jersey announces ‘first-in-the-nation’ offshore wind port

The project forms part of the state’s commitment to generate 100% clean energy by 2050

New Jersey’s Governor Phil Murphy has announced plans to develop the New Jersey Wind Port, a ‘first-in-the-nation’ offshore infrastructure investment to help build offshore wind farms.

The facility will serve as a hub for staging, assembly and manufacturing of offshore wind projects on the East Coast and could create more than 1,500 jobs in manufacturing and operations and another hundred in construction.

Governor Murphy, said: “Offshore wind is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to not only protect our environment but also greatly expand our state economy in a way that has immediate impacts and paves the way for long-term growth.

“This is a vital step forward in achieving our goal of reaching 7,500MW of offshore wind power by 2035 and 100% clean energy by 2050.”

The project is estimated to cost up to $400 million (£319.4m) and will be built in two phases, commencing in 2021.

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority will lead the project.

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