NJ - Planned New Jersey Wind Port Will Help Meet Strong Demand From a Growing Offshore Industry
The wind port New Jersey is planning for about 200 acres along the Delaware River will help the state meet its ambitious goal of 100% clean-energy use by 2050, as it also responds to strong demand for infrastructure from offshore wind farm operators up and down the East Coast over the next 15 to 20 years.
The state-owned port in Lower Alloways Creek Township, Salem County, will be a staging ground for the assembly, storage, and shipment of giant wind turbines before they are installed by wind farm operators. It will also include space for the manufacturing of turbine components.
It will be the first purpose-built greenfield site to support the offshore wind industry in the United States, and its position on the mid-Atlantic coast is expected to be attractive to the wind farm operators that are due to begin operations from the Carolinas to Maine.
The port’s location makes sense, too, because it has unrestricted access to the Atlantic Ocean, said Tim Sullivan, chief executive of New Jersey’s Economic Development Authority, which is heading the project.
Because the huge wind turbines — often measuring some 400 feet tall — are transported to wind farm sites vertically, they cannot pass under bridges or power lines, a condition that ruled out the use of existing ports such as Paulsboro, farther up the Delaware River in Gloucester County.