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First Offshore Wind Energy Center Coming to Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md.- Lt. Gov. Boyd K. Rutherford joined Tradepoint Atlantic and Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind in Sparrows Point to announce their partnership to develop the first-ever offshore wind energy center in Maryland.

The announcement is the latest the development of Ørsted’s Skipjack offshore wind farm located 19.5 miles off the coast of Maryland, and the expansion of the state’s offshore wind energy industry and workforce.

 

The lieutenant governor was joined by executives from Ørsted and Tradepoint Atlantic, as well as state and local elected officials from across Baltimore County.

“Never before have we celebrated the start of an offshore wind staging center in Maryland, and I can’t think of a sitemore perfectly suited to the task than this one,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “Today’s announcement puts TradepointAtlantic on the global map for the offshore wind energy industry.”

“This partnership is the latest exciting chapter in the remarkable transformation of the Sparrows Point site,” the lieutenant governor continued. “Governor Hogan and I have been deeply committed to working with Tradepoint Atlantic to ensure this site is just as economically dominant in the 21st century as it was in the 20th. Today’s announcement is another big step toward that goal."

“Together with Tradepoint Atlantic, we are making history by developing the first offshore wind staging center in Maryland,” said Claus Møller, Chief Operating Officer of Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind. “This new center will create good-paying jobs, leverage Tradepoint Atlantic’s outstanding location and logistical assets, and put Maryland on the map as a global offshore wind industry hub. We are proud to work with Tradepoint Atlantic to make clean energy the newest chapter in the storied history of the Sparrows Point site as we pursue our vision of a world that runs entirely on green energy.”

Ørsted says the staging center will total 50 acres, including 5 acres adjacent to Tradepoint’s deep water inner berth.

Ørsted will receive and loadout components at the berth and have up to 45 acres designated for laydown and assembly of components destined for the project site off Maryland’s coast. Ørsted says it will create 1,400 jobs in Maryland as part of the Skipjack Wind Farm, including 913 jobs measured in full-time equivalents during development and construction and 484 jobs during operation.

“Today’s announcement is tremendously exciting and important, not only for the further development of Tradepoint Atlantic and Ørsted’s Skipjack project, but for the entire clean and renewable energy sector,” said Tradepoint Atlantic Chief Commercial Officer Kerry Doyle. “This represents the first step of many to come in growing the offshore wind industry and Tradepoint Atlantic plans to play a major role in making sure it thrives here in Maryland. Ultimately, because of this new partnership, Tradepoint Atlantic is positioned to become the supply chain leader up and down the East Coast for offshore wind energy – supporting and creating thousands of jobs in the process. Most importantly, it will bring new manufacturing opportunities back to Sparrows Point. We want to thank the State of Maryland, Baltimore County, our local elected officials, and of course Ørsted for supporting and partnering with us on this project – without them this would not be happening.”

“Never before have we celebrated the start of an offshore wind staging center in Maryland, and I can’t think of a site more perfectly suited to the task than this one. Today’s announcement puts Tradepoint Atlantic on the global map for the offshore wind energy industry,” said Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford. “This partnership is the latest exciting chapter in the remarkable transformation of the Sparrows Point site. Governor Hogan and I have been deeply committed to working with Tradepoint Atlantic to ensure this site is just as economically dominant in the 21st century as it was in the 20th. Today’s announcement is another big step toward that goal.”

The agreement is part of Ørsted’s commitment to a $13.2 million investment at Tradepoint Atlantic. Improvements will include strengthening ground bearing capacity at the port to allow heavy-lift cranes and specialized transporters to move wind turbine components, some weighing as much as 2,000 tons, from ships onto the site.

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