Construction begins on nation’s largest offshore wind port

(NEW YORK) — Officials on Monday announced the start of construction on what will be the nation’s largest dedicated offshore wind port at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT). The project will accelerate the clean energy transition, advance progress toward the state’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) goal to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035, and create more than 1,000 construction jobs.

“We are taking a large step forward in our commitment to build a sustainable future and foster economic growth,” said New York Gov. Kathy Hochul. “With the groundbreaking of South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, New York is fueling the redevelopment of the Brooklyn waterfront, bringing important investments to our communities, creating good-paying jobs, and building the model for the offshore wind industry that the rest of the nation can follow.”

The South Brooklyn Marine Terminal will serve the operations and maintenance hub for Equinor’s Empire Wind 1 project. Equinor rendering

“Today, we are powering up New York’s clean energy economy and creating more than 1,000 union jobs for working-class New Yorkers as we break ground on the largest dedicated offshore wind port in the nation at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “In addition to creating jobs and economic growth, this offshore wind project will significantly reduce our carbon footprint and ensure our city meets our climate goals of 100 percent clean electricity by 2040 and carbon neutrality by 2050. Together with our recent acquisition of the Brooklyn Marine Terminal in nearby Red Hook, we are well on our way to reimagining Brooklyn’s working waterfront for the 21st century, powered by the green economy and through our Green Economy Action Plan that will help create jobs and opportunity for generations to come.”

SBMT, a historic home for New York City’s working waterfront, is a 73-acre site that will serve as a cutting-edge facility for offshore wind operations. It will also serve as the operations and maintenance hub for Empire Wind 1, a large offshore wind project whose first phase will deliver 810 megawatts of renewable energy to New York – enough to power nearly 500,000 homes in Brooklyn, with a target to deliver first power in late 2026.

Additionally, SBMT will host an onshore substation to connect electricity from the offshore wind turbines into New York City’s’ electricity grid at the Gowanus Substation in Brooklyn. Construction at SBMT to support Empire Wind 1 is expected to be completed by the end of 2026.

– New York State

By Professional Mariner Staff