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BOEM to rule on New Jersey offshore wind construction plan

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has released the draft environmental assessment for a proposed wind farm offshore New Jersey.
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The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has released the draft environmental assessment for a proposed wind farm offshore New Jersey.

The proposed Ocean Wind 1 offshore wind farm, a joint venture between Ørsted and PSEG, is located 15 miles southeast of Atlantic City. Ninety-eight wind turbines would provide up to 1,100 MW of generating capacity under the plan, which also calls for three offshore substations within the lease area.

BOEM's release of the environmental assessment launches a 45-day public comment period. The agency will use the report, as well as public feedback, in its decision to approve or deny the project plan.

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Ocean Wind's plan that was submitted to BOEM includes construction and installation, operations and maintenance, and conceptual decommissioning for the offshore wind farm.

The public comment period ends Aug. 8.

Ocean Wind will use GE’s Haliade-X 12-MW wind turbine with an option to increase capacity to the 13-MW variant, according to a supply agreement that was announced in Jan. 2021.

JINGOLI Power and Burns & McDonnell have been awarded engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracts for the installation of two high-voltage substations and nearly nine miles of underground cable.

Engineering work on Ocean Wind 1 is already underway, and construction is expected to begin next summer. The two contracts could create 275 jobs in New Jersey, the parties said.

JINGOLI Power will be responsible for installing an underground electric export cable from landfall to B.L. England, the site of the onshore electric substation in Upper Township, and engineer, procure, and install a duct bank/manhole system that will house the export cables.

Burns & McDonnell, meanwhile, will install a substation in Upper Township that includes an interconnection to a nearby Atlantic City Electric substation. The company will also install a substation at Oyster Creek, with interconnection to a nearby First Energy substation, and install an underground export cable from the landfall to the onshore electric substation.

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