South Fork Wind Farm, Montauk Inlet Seafood Agree on Location for Project’s Long-Term Operations and Maintenance Facility

Facility at Montauk Inlet Seafood Will Generate Jobs Over 25+ Year Life of Offshore Wind Farm

MONTAUK, N.Y. (September 25, 2019) – Ørsted, Eversource and Montauk Inlet Seafood have reached an agreement to locate a facility at Inlet Seafood to support long-term operations and maintenance of the South Fork Wind Farm.

 

The developers and Montauk Inlet Seafood, a premier commercial fishing dock in New York’s most significant commercial fishing port, have reached a lease option agreement to locate an operations and maintenance facility adjacent to the commercial fishing and packing operation off East Lake Drive.


Subject to permit approvals, Ørsted and Eversource will base the South Fork Wind Farm crew transfer vessels at Montauk Inlet Seafood and use those vessels to transport members of the wind farm maintenance team to and from the wind farm.

 

The design of the O&M facility is being carefully developed to ensure that the South Fork Wind Farm vessels do not impact the existing commercial fishing fleet or the packing operations that operate out of that dock.

 

“We are pleased to be locating an operations and maintenance facility in Montauk to service our South Fork Wind Farm and bring additional jobs to the area,” said Thomas Brostrøm, CEO of Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind and President of Ørsted North America.

 

“It’s critical that offshore wind developers work with members of the commercial fishing industry to ensure we can all coexist,” said Bill Grimm, a co-owner of Inlet Seafood. “This agreement outlines how we can work at the dock alongside each other.”

 

“Wherever we work, we want to be good neighbors in the community,” said Lee Olivier, Eversource Executive Vice President for Enterprise Energy Strategy and Business Development. “We look forward to becoming active members of Montauk’s working waterfront.”

 

The 130-megawatt (MW) South Fork Wind Farm will be the State of New York’s first offshore wind farm. A 15-turbine project located more than 35 miles east of Montauk Point, the wind farm will help the Town of East Hampton, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and New York meet their renewable energy goals.

 

The project will generate enough clean energy to power 70,000 homes each year, and its power will be delivered to the local grid in East Hampton. LIPA will purchase the project’s power through a long- term power purchase agreement. Subject to permitting, further development, and final investment decisions by Ørsted and Eversource, the South Fork Wind Farm is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2022.

 

Ørsted and Eversource jointly own leases capable of delivering more than 4,000 MWs of clean and affordable offshore wind energy to New England and New York. Together, Ørsted and Eversource are the market leader and the region’s partner in achieving a sustainable energy economy. The partnership of Ørsted and Eversource is developing the South Fork Wind Farm and Sunrise Wind to serve New York, and the Revolution Wind project to serve Rhode Island and Connecticut.

 

About Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind

Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind delivers clean, renewable energy along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard. It operates the Block Island Wind Farm, America’s first offshore wind farm, and has been awarded over 2,900 megawatts of capacity through six projects. It is jointly headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island and employs more than 100 people.

 

About Eversource

Eversource (NYSE: ES), the #1 energy efficiency provider in the nation, transmits and delivers electricity and natural gas and supplies water to approximately four million customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Eversource harnesses the commitment of about 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website (www.eversource.com) and follow us on Twitter (@EversourceCorp) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceEnergy). For more information on our water services, visit www.aquarionwater.com.

 

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