Onshore construction contracts for the 1100MW Ocean Wind 1 offshore wind project off the coast of New Jersey have been granted by Orsted and PSEG.
Jingoli Power and Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company have been granted engineering, procurement, and construction contracts.
Two high-voltage substations and approximately nine miles of underground cable will connect the offshore wind farm to the onshore electric grid at two landing points, according to the contracts.
Construction is expected to begin in September 2023, with project engineering starting in the first quarter of 2022.
Grant van Wyngaarden, head of procurement, Orsted North America, said “The awarding of these construction contracts marks significant milestones in moving the state’s first offshore wind project forward”.
“We are focused on doing all we can to meet the state’s timeline for delivering the Ocean Wind 1 project, hiring locally, creating job opportunities, and encouraging supply chain growth to help the offshore wind industry mature in New Jersey.”
Jingoli Power will lay an underground electric export cable from landfall to BL England, Upper Township’s onshore electric substation, as well as design, procure, and install a duct bank/manhole system to house the export cables.
Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company will construct a substation in Upper Township that will be connected to a substation owned by Atlantic City Electric.
A substation will be built at Oyster Creek, with an interconnection to a nearby First Energy substation, and an underground export cable will be installed from the landfall to the onshore electric substation.
Leading up to the contract award, Ocean Wind 1 sponsored supply chain networking events, asking New Jersey businesses to meet with eligible project bidders to promote their capabilities for subcontracting consideration.