Equinor-BP Venture Taps Jacobs to Design US Offshore Wind Terminal

Empire Offshore Wind, a joint venture between Equinor and BP, has selected Jacobs for the detail design of New York’s South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT).

Port upgrades to redevelop SBMT were part of the Empire Wind 2 and Beacon Wind 1 project proposals Equinor and BP submitted in the 2021 offshore wind power solicitation in the State of New York, which selected the two projects in January last year.

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Located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, the facility will serve as an operations and maintenance (O&M) base, as well as a staging and assembly port for wind turbine installation.

The architectural and engineering design services contract includes oversight for the modification of existing bulkheads to strengthen and accommodate heavy lift operations, upland site redevelopment and coordination with ongoing remediation efforts.

The company will also provide design services regarding dredging, a new green O&M facility, new docking facilities for crew transfer and service operation vessels, utility upgrades, as well as permitting and construction support.

A few weeks ago, the New York City Mayor, Eric Adams, announced that the engineering and design of the new SBMT are moving forward after an agreement was finalised between the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), Equinor, its partner BP, and Sustainable South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SSBMT).

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The city has committed to investing USD 57 million to support the transformation of SBMT, with construction works expected to begin in the second half of 2023.

“Following our recently announced agreement to transform the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, Equinor and bp are moving forward with this next step in realizing our offshore wind hub vision,” said Teddy Muhlfelder, acting Vice President Empire Wind and Beacon Wind, Equinor Renewables US.

“The contract award will bring direct jobs to the local community, leaning on Jacobs’ expertise to advance these vital port facilities to support Empire Wind, Beacon Wind and the wider offshore wind industry.”

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Photo: South Brooklyn Marine Terminal; Image: Equinor