EDF Renewables North America has selected MHI Vestas Offshore Wind as the preferred supplier for the Nautilus Offshore Wind project off the coast of Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The pioneering offshore wind project, the first in New Jersey, has plans to feature three V164-8.3 MW turbines from MHI Vestas, taking the company’s V164 platform to the US offshore wind market for the first time.
Nautilus Offshore Wind’s installation timetable is ahead of other U.S. projects with plans to be operational as soon as 2020.
“We’re proud to be named as preferred supplier for the Nautilus Offshore Wind project and look forward to bringing our flagship V164 turbine to the U.S. market with EDF Renewables,” said MHI Vestas CEO, Philippe Kavafyan. “Nautilus, already permitted, provides us the timely opportunity to bring our technology and experience to the US offshore market.
“The knowledge gained on this project will help New Jersey achieve its clean energy goals and lay the groundwork for future offshore wind deployment along the eastern seaboard,” added Kavafyan.
With industry-leading turbine technology and an aggressive installation timetable, the project looks to position New Jersey as the U.S. leader in offshore wind energy and create long-term, renewable energy jobs for years to come.
“The agreement demonstrates our commitment to offshore wind and our ambition to establish New Jersey at the forefront of the US offshore industry,” said Tristan Grimbert, President & CEO of EDF Renewables North America. “EDF Renewables has a long-standing relationship with MHI Vestas in the UK offshore sector, as well as with its parent company, Vestas, having installed more than 2 GW of turbines onshore in North America. We are pleased to work with MHI Vestas to deliver the key component to our first offshore project that will deliver clean energy and economic benefits in the form of supply chain and jobs to the region.”
Nautilus Offshore Wind will be located in state waters and is already fully permitted. The project is currently under review by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities for approval of an offshore renewable energy credit (OREC) agreement.
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