Ørsted awarded 1,148 MW offshore wind contract in New Jersey

Source: press release, 30 June 2021

Located off the coast of Atlantic City, Ocean Wind will be New Jersey’s first large-scale offshore wind farm
Located off the coast of Atlantic City, Ocean Wind will be New Jersey’s first large-scale offshore wind farm (illustration: Ørsted)

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has issued an order awarding Ocean Wind 2 a 20-year OREC (Offshore Renewable Energy Certificate) for its proposed offshore wind farm with a capacity of 1,148 MW. With the award, the Ocean Wind lease will be utilised to its maximum capacity of approximately 2.3 GW. The 2029 OREC price is USD 84.03 per MWh with a 2% annual escalator.

Ocean Wind 2 is being developed by Ørsted, the world leader in offshore wind development. Ocean Wind 2 will be located adjacent to Ocean Wind (Ocean Wind 1), the company’s first New Jersey project which was awarded an 1,100 MW OREC order by the BPU in June 2019. Ocean Wind 1 is being developed by Ørsted in partnership with Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) who owns 25% equity in the project.

As part of its winning proposal, Ocean Wind 2 will deliver several landmark investments that will generate over USD 4.8 billion net benefit for New Jersey and bring the offshore wind supply chain to New Jersey and to the US.

With Ocean Wind 2, Ørsted is bringing a commitment from leading industry partner GE Renewables (GE) to locate what will be one of the country’s first offshore wind nacelle assembly facility in New Jersey. This facility will assemble the nacelles for Ocean Wind 2 and other offshore wind projects in the US.

In addition, Ocean Wind 2 will contribute to expanding the Paulsboro monopile foundation facility, which was announced as part of the Ocean Wind 1 project, to a full-scope manufacturing facility. The full-fledged Paulsboro facility, owned by EEW, will represent the single largest investment in the US offshore wind supply chain to date and will bring to New Jersey the full manufacture of primary steel monopiles, including bending, rolling, sand blasting, welding, and painting. With a USD 250 million investment and expected to create nearly 500 long-term jobs, this facility will become a cornerstone of the US offshore wind energy supply chain.

Including this announcement, Ørsted has been awarded a total of over 4 GW offshore wind projects in the US, more than any other developer, which unlocks significant synergies in procurement, construction, and operations.

Martin Neubert, Deputy CEO and Chief Commercial Officer at Ørsted, says, “It’s an honour to be selected again by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. With Ocean Wind 1 and 2 we will deliver over 2,200 MW of offshore energy to the Garden State while attracting leading manufacturers to New Jersey. Today’s award demonstrates Ørsted’s ability to deliver compelling bids and is an important next step towards reaching our recently announced target of globally installing 30 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030.”

David Hardy, CEO of Ørsted Offshore North America, says, “New Jersey, through Governor Murphy’s 2019 executive order, has one of the most ambitious offshore wind energy and clean energy targets in the country. We are proud to play a role in helping New Jersey reach this target, while at the same time helping to create new jobs by attracting suppliers and sub suppliers to the state, and through our facilitation of the expansion of EEW monopile facility.”

Subject to contract signing and Ørsted’s final investment decision, Ocean Wind 2 is expected to be commissioned in 2029.