Jacksonville, Florida-based Crowley is set to open a Wind Services office in Eureka, California as part of its efforts to develop an offshore wind terminal at the Port of Humboldt Bay in Northern California.
The announcement of the new office will be made during an open house event later this month in partnership with the Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce. The company aims to become a leader in supporting renewable energy from offshore wind by collaborating with the community and port in the region.
Last year, Crowley has signed an agreement with the Port of Humboldt Bay to exclusively negotiate to be the developer and operator of the Humboldt Bay Offshore Wind Heavy Lift Marine Terminal. Through its Wind Services group, the company will lease and serve as the port’s developer of the planned terminal in Samoa, Humboldt County. The facility will support the manufacturing, installation, and operation of floating offshore wind platforms, the use of large heavy cargo vessels, and provide crewing and marshaling services in the Pacific waters.
The Humboldt offshore wind areas are projected to provide 1.6 GW of energy, capable of supplying power to up to 1.6 million homes.
Completion of permitting and design of the new terminal is expected in mid-2024.
In December, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) held its first offshore wind lease auction on the U.S. West Coast, receiving high bids totaling $757.1 million. The lease sale offered five lease areas covering 373,268 total acres off of Morro Bay on the central coast and Humboldt County. Combined, the areas have the potential to produce over 4.6 gigawatts of offshore wind energy.
Humboldt Bay will be Crowley’s second dedicated U.S. wind service terminal project, following a project in Salem, Massachusetts, which is currently in the design and engineering phase.
The State of California aims to create at least 5 GW of offshore wind energy by 2030.
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