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AECOM to construct America’s first purpose-built offshore wind port

by Sion Geschwindt
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AECOM Tishman, part of AECOM, has been selected to manage the construction of the New Jersey Wind Port, set to be the first purpose-built offshore wind marshalling and manufacturing facility in the US.

A flagship investment for the State of New Jersey through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), the 200-acre site will serve the staging, manufacturing, and assembly needs of future offshore wind projects on the East Coast.

AECOM Tishman will provide both pre-construction and construction services to execute NJEDA’s proposed design.

Construction is due to start in December 2021 with the goal of opening the port in winter 2023/2024.

Tim Sullivan, chief executive officer at NJEDA, said: “Establishing New Jersey as a global capital of offshore wind is a top priority for Governor Phil Murphy.

“It will move us closer to achieving his clean energy goals and drive billions of dollars in economic growth.”

Offshore wind is a central component of New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan to achieve 100% clean energy by 2050.

As part of that plan, New Jersey has committed to producing 7500MW of offshore wind energy by 2035.

Phil Murphy, Governor of New Jersey, said: “Investing in offshore wind is vital to building a stronger, greener economy that creates high-paying jobs to support a robust recovery from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and paves the way for long-term, equitable growth.

“The New Jersey Wind Port will create thousands of high-quality jobs, bring millions of investment dollars to our state, and establish New Jersey as the national capital of offshore wind.”

Troy Rudd, chief executive officer at AECOM, added: “We are excited to partner with NJEDA to develop the first greenfield offshore wind port in the United States as we help our clients advance their expanding sustainability initiatives to create positive impact for communities.

“At AECOM, we integrate ESG principles into everything we do through our Sustainable Legacies strategy, and this forward thinking, purpose-built offshore wind port project is another example of how we are bringing that strategy to life in partnership with our clients.”

Over the next 15 years, the East Coast is expected to see over $150 billion of investment in offshore wind, creating an estimated 83,000 jobs.

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