US offshore wind developer Deepwater Wind has indicated its interest in establishing a hub on the Brooklyn waterfront to support its South Fork Wind Farm and future projects offshore New York, subject to necessary approvals.
The hub would be located on the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal which is being reactivated as a major maritime hub under the Sustainable South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SSBMT) project.
According to the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), SSBMT has the potential to create over 1,000 jobs by serving as a fabrication hub for Deepwater Wind.
”Establishing a home for the emerging offshore wind industry on our working waterfront is a once-in-a-generation opportunity,” said Ben Margolis, Executive Director, Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation.
The 90MW Deepwater ONE – South Fork project comprises 15 turbines installed some 30 miles southeast of Montauk, and represents the first phase of a regional offshore wind farm Deepwater Wind proposes to develop in the area.
The project is scheduled to enter the construction phase in 2019 and be fully commissioned in 2022.
The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has agreed to purchase all of the electricity generated by the wind farm for a period of 20 years.