New York Selects Equinor for Largest US Offshore Wind Award

Alright, I can accept that it takes a large foreign energy corporation to complete such massive offshore wind projects but I cannot accept that they MUST use foreign labor to do the installations. To get this opportunity, there is no good reason whatsoever they cannot pony up to build the equipment in the USA and hire US citizens to do ALL the work. It is high time the OCSLA be amended to include installation work and not just transportation and the Jones Act to reflect the same not just for offshore wind but offshore oil and gas development. I pray all pertinent associations in the US such as the Jones Act Coalition, AWO and OMSA lobby the Congress starting today to make sure this work is going to be done by American operators, using American equipment, manned by American mariners!

I am also calling upon Ombugge to remain on the sidelines in this discussion. You do not have any dog in this fight and no standing here so imo, your commentary telling us that foreign vessels and labor are needed because ALL US personnel and equipment cannot do this work will be divisive and inflammatory. In other words, please desist in opening your bloody yap!

New York Selects Equinor for Largest US Offshore Wind Award

By The Maritime Executive 01-14-2021 05:05:01

New York State announced the details of what is being called the largest renewable energy award yet made in the U.S. This phase of the project will provide for more than three gigawatts of renewable energy for the state along with the redevelopment of port facilities and provide for the creation of thousands of new jobs.

Under the award, Equinor and its new strategic partner bp will provide 1,260 megawatts (MW) of renewable offshore wind power from Empire Wind 2, and another 1,230 MW of power from Beacon Wind 1. This is in addition to the existing contacts to provide New York 816 MW of renewable power from Empire Wind 1 and in total will provide a total of 3.3 gigawatts (GW) of power. Equinor and bp announced in September 2020, that they formed a strategic partnership for offshore wind, with bp becoming a 50 percent partner in the Equinor-operated Empire Wind and Beacon Wind projects.

As part of the new award by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the companies have also agreed to work with New York to redevelop portions of two of the state’s historic ports. The South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT) and the Port of Albany will be turned into large-scale offshore wind working industrial facilities.

“These projects will deliver homegrown, renewable electricity to New York and play a major role in the state’s ambitions of becoming a global offshore wind hub. The successful bids for Empire Wind 2 and Beacon Wind 1 represent a game-changer for our offshore wind business in the U.S. and underline Equinor’s commitment to be a leading company in the energy transition. These projects will also create value through economies of scale and support our strategic ambition of becoming a global offshore wind major,” says Anders Opedal, CEO of Equinor.

New York has been moving aggressively seeking to place its initiatives ahead of neighboring states, such as New Jersey, which have also been moving forward with programs to develop offshore wind and build the onshore infrastructure to support the growth of the industry.

As part of the new agreement announced by NYSERDA, Equinor will invest in port upgrades to help transform the Brooklyn port facility into an offshore wind staging and assembling facility and an operations and maintenance base. SBMT will be one of the largest dedicated offshore wind port facilities in the United States at approximately 73 acres, with the capacity to accommodate wind turbine generator staging and assembly activities at the scale required by component manufacturers.

For the Port of Albany, Equinor will combine with established wind industry companies Marmen and Welcon to develop the port as an offshore wind tower and transition piece manufacturing facility.

“Together, Equinor and the State of New York will create a robust offshore wind supply chain capable of manufacturing, assembling, and staging these projects at scale. As Equinor works to expand its renewable energy presence across the United States and the globe, New York’s leadership clearly illustrates the transformative benefits of offshore wind on climate goals and economic activity alike,” says Siri Espedal Kindem, President of Equinor Wind U.S.

The two wind fields are both located south of Long Island and are part of previously awarded contracts. The Empire Wind field is located 15-30 miles southeast of Long Island and spans 80,000 acres. The lease for this project was acquired in 2017 and is being developed in two phases (Empire Wind 1 and 2) with a total installed capacity of more than 2 GW (816 + 1,260 MW). The Beacon Wind field is located more than 60 miles east of Montauk Point and covers 128,000 acres. The lease was acquired in 2019 and has the potential to be developed with a total capacity of more than 2.4 GW. This first phase will have an installed capacity of 1,230 MW.

These awards, which are subject to completing negotiations for a purchase and sale agreement, are a key step in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to develop the renewable energy sector in New York. To support these projects, and the overall growth of the industry, the Governor also announced in his State of the State address agreements to launch a state-driven training and education program to develop the workforce for the industry. In the first phase, which is expected to launch this summer, the goal is to train 2,500 people. In total, New York is committing $20 million to the training and development of a skilled workforce that can support the emerging offshore wind industry.


For once I agree with Trump and claim 1st Amendment right to have an opinion on anything I bloody well want. (Just like you have)


I’m fairly certain there are American firms currently forming wind farm installation branches of there operations with vessel construction or modifications to follow. This is one in a number of installations being constructed on the East Coast and companies are not going to pass up the opportunity. And before we hear any arguments about not having the vessels to do it, or the capability, there just isn’t anything special or unique about DP anymore and having a funny looking boat doesn’t make it better than a retrofitted mud boat from the Gulf.

It’s like when the Offshore Oil & Gas industry got started around the world in the 1960s and 70s. The experience and expertise were mostly from the GoM.
Rigs, construction barges and boat were nearly all American built, designed based on GoM conditions and largely operated by Americans, by and for American companies.

Most countries where they operated had maritime and ship building expertise of their own, but they allowed Americans in and learnt from them.
The foreigners learnt how to explore and exploit their waters themselves. They also learnt to build and operate rigs, construction barges and boat and took to improve on the design to make them more suitable for local condition.

The US Offshore Wind Industry will most likely go the same way. Maybe even be able to spread their wings to operate worldwide one day.
But that will NOT happen by insisting on patching up old GoM equipment, “re-inventing” the wheel in stead of learning from the experience gained in other places.


There are companies and Mariners in the Northeast that want , and deserve, this work. These projects should not be built without them.

There are no excuses. Equinor and it’s suppliers can easily train Americans in Europe so that they have a trained American workforce on day one of this project. If they are not will to do that, then the contract should cancelled.

I bet most mariners in the Northeast consider the guys from the Gulf of Mexico just as “foreign” as the Europeans.

The major Louisiana companies are going to get a significant piece of offshore wind, but they should not dominate it. The local Northeast companies should get a very big piece of this project.


You simply can’t just be quiet for once eh? Hardly surprises me…Ombugge dictates that he MUST be heard by the unwashed masses!

You forgot the last bit of my post (Just like you).
I don’t DEMAND to be heard by anybody, unwashed or scrubbed pink. If you don’t like my opinion, just don’t read my posts. Simple.

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New York’s Offshore Wind project is just one of many. I have no doubt once these get rolling you will see more and more US companies into the fray. If anything it allowed the industry (as a whole) to gain experience from lessons learned for projects here.

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Block Island Wind Farm

Offshore wind power is in the early stages of development in the United States. The first commercial offshore wind farm – the 30 megawatt (MW) Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of Rhode Island – began operation in 2016. More projects are now underway and, as of 2017, about 30 projects totalling 24 gigawatts (GW) of potential installed capacity were being planned.[1] In 2016, the United States Department of Energy estimated that the country has a gross resource potential of 10,800GW of offshore wind capacity, with a “technical” resource potential of 2,058GW

out here on the West Coast we have no shelf to speak of and I do not believe there will be any real economical viability to floating wind generation however we have a mostly sparsely populated coastline so the resource capacity just in that first mile in from the water’s edge must be incredibly high and there the wind always is blowing

Most of the US gulf coast boats can’t be retrofitted for larger wind instillation projects. There was many reasons such as not having crane capacity/ reach an appropriate amount of deck space to load and install the turbine blades. Another one that I thought was interesting is that some of the boats did not even have enough freeboard to operate in the rough winter waters of the North Atlantic. The Offshore forum at the International WorkBoat Show December of 2019 was a great insight. Highly recommend that conference. Major players were there aka CEO/ owners of gulf companies were there and there was a presentation on First Wind/ Block Island was done.

Northeast Companies are undoubtedly going to be involved. The Gulf companies don’t have enough capital to build new purpose built ships. Look at ECO partnering with Eversource to foot the bill for their new ship. This offshore wind is going to be booming eventually, I wonder if unions are going to jump in and protect the workers. It is the Northeast after all. If Gulf companies come in they are going to try their hardest not to make that happen but offshore wind is going to be more predictable than oil and gas in terms of work. No need to go through massive hire and layoff cycles. So maybe they will be open to it.

Optimism is great but if you have low expectations you’ll seldom be disappointed. Like the OP & a couple afterwards, I too would like to see some protectionism laws/policies to keep the northeastern windfarms for Americans by Americans but the “Put America 1st” & aggressive pro-American policy making days are behind us once again. That bus departed then crashed & burned. Concerning getting the “Jones Act Coalition” to lobby for us, the American mariners & American workers. I’ll be pleasantly surprised if the Jones Act is still a thing in a couple of years. I fear we are going to return to a new era of globalism where it will be mostly foreign labor & extremely rich investors who profit from these windfarms, not the American mariners. I hope I’m wrong.

In Europe, protectionism is typically embraced by the political left. I don’t see any obstacles to a Democrat administration instating policies to protect US jobs, except the current state of polarization. It would be a shame if partisanship gets in the way of ensuring the livelihoods of American mariners.


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Thanks for the 2 cents. Unfortunately in recent history in the US protectionism equaled, or at least portrayed to equal xenophobia. Let’s see if that script gets flipped because no one wants US windfarms being ran by a bunch of xenophobes. I’m not getting my hopes up. I expect to hear a bunch of rhetoric about “global initiatives” & “unprecedented international cooperation” which really mean maximized profits for billionaires & a continuing shrinking US middle class. At least it will be green.

Government is run by the permanent bureaucracy. It has tremendous inertia. It takes a long time to achieve any significant course change. Often longer than a single term. Voters also have a tendency to flip control of Congress at midterm elections to the opposing party.

So it may not make much difference which party hold the whitehouse.


Not saying that a retrofitted mud boat would be used, just that their DP capabilities are no different than their European counterparts. A motivated company like ECO could and would find a way to build those vessels once enough actual progress is made to get the project off the ground. We’ve seen many projects have we seen that have been talked about with contracts signed that never go anywhere. It’s incredibly unlikely (impossible) that American companies are going to sit idle while foreign firms come in to complete these projects, even more so in a labor friendly state like NY. Undoubtedly there will requirements for American mariners and US flagged vessels to perform this work. I’d expect within the coming months for announcements to be made to that point, especially considering the new administrations focus on renewable energy and the current unemployment situation in this country.

Also the USA (and many other countries including the UK) are losing out by not having a state owned energy company involved in these wind farms so that profits aren’t just filtered off to tax havens like Panama.

Although many people might see having state owned companies as some kind of form of communism it seems to have worked pretty well for Norway, Equinor is 76% owned by the Norwegian government.

The wind farms in question offshore New York are a 50/50 joint venture between Equinor and BP. that means 38% of the profits will go to the Norwegian government and 0% of the profits to the US government (if you don’t include taxes).

I’m not talking about individuals or US politics. It wasn’t an individual or a specific political party that scrapped many of protectionism & cabotage laws in Europe. It was the populace moving in the direction of globalism which I think the US is taking. Unless a person is directly affected, I don’t think Americans want to hear anything about prioritizing the US place in the world or protecting our markets for American workers anymore. As I mentioned before, I hope I’m wrong. I predict a big celebration at the Cato Institute soon.

Can’t really make an argument against this idea since it’s entirely political and the mods would nuke it from orbit…

Try & find out? As long as it isn’t inflammatory, maritime related & close to the topic the OP started with I don’t see why the moderators would delete it? They seemed to be like reasonable people to me. The OP stated:

While that is great & I fully agree, I don’t think the US has the stomach for that type of bold, Pro-Americanism anymore. I think if anything is changed it will be for more international cooperation, not protectionism for windfarms.