US Wind Inc. has announced a partnership with JDR Cable Systems Ltd to supply vital underwater power cables to its planned 750 MW wind project off the coast of Maryland. JDR will be US Wind’s preferred cable partner for the Maryland project, expected to be the largest offshore wind project in the Unites States to date.
US Wind is based in Baltimore, Maryland, and its officials tout this partnership announcement as the latest in a series of economic development milestones associated with the project. US Wind is one of two applicants for the Offshore Renewable Energy Credit (OREC), which is currently under a 180-day public comment period overseen by the Maryland Public Services Commission.
“JDR Cables is one of many future examples of US Wind’s commitment to bring the world’s best companies to Maryland,” said Riccardo Toto, President of US Wind. “We’re interested in putting together a whole new offshore wind industry right here, in Maryland, and bringing JDR here is a big piece of that puzzle.”
For US Wind’s project, JDR’s scope of work includes project management, engineering, and manufacture of 122 miles of inter-array cable, 112 miles of export cable and cable accessories. JDR would also provide cable installation and testing. Cable manufacturing is expected to commence in 2018 with delivery and installation in 2019 and 2020. Engineering work is scheduled to begin later this year. US Wind officials say that this is the start of bringing 5,000 manufacturing jobs to Maryland and generating over $16 billion in net economic output over the life of its 750MW Maryland project.
“We are extremely proud to be selected by US Wind for the full cable package,” said David Currie, CEO of JDR Cable Systems. “This partnership will strengthen Maryland and Baltimore as a regional business hub and support additional job creation. We are thrilled to be part of this exciting Maryland project.”
US Wind’s economic projections show that its Maryland project alone will create thousands of construction jobs and hundreds of well-paying long-term careers. In addition, US Wind officials say they want to make Maryland the epicenter of the emerging industry and the East Coast hub for offshore wind economic activity.
Over the past several months, US Wind has partnered with Tradepoint Atlantic, the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce and the Maritime Applied Physics Corporation in Baltimore to host a series of information sessions with business leaders and government officials. During these sessions, industry leaders, workforce representatives, state and federal agency personnel and local business leaders discussed the economic development potential of offshore wind in Maryland and identify the needs to meet the challenges ahead.
“This new partnership with JDR brings us one step closer to establishing Maryland as the hub for offshore wind manufacturing for the entire East Coast of the U.S.,” said Riccardo Toto. “We’re ready to get to work.”
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