Norwegian oil and gas corporation Equinor has announced plans to locate America's first offshore wind turbine tower plant at the Port of Albany in upstate New York, Renen reports.
The venture will be created in partnership with the leading tower manufacturers Marmen and Welcon.
Marmen is one of the largest onshore wind turbine tower manufacturers in North America with manufacturing facilities in the US and Canada, and Welcon is a Danish offshore wind turbine tower manufacturer and holds global patents for floating and fixed foundations for offshore wind turbines.
The Port of Albany Manufacturing Initiative is part of an application submitted by Equinor in a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) competitive bidding process that includes the construction of up to 2.5 GW of offshore capacity and associated investments in port infrastructure.
“Equinor is excited about the opportunity to expand its business in New York, and this plan will create the first offshore wind tower and transition facility in the United States,” said Siri Espedal Kindem, president of Equinor Wind US.
Earlier it was reported that BP and Equinor would jointly develop offshore wind energy in the United States.