A proposed offshore wind port at the Arthur Kill Terminal in Staten Island, New York has been awarded a $48 million federal grant for infrastructure upgrades to facilitate wind turbine staging and assembly.
The grant was awarded via the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration’s Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) and announced by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (NY-D) late last month. It’s part of an effort to establish the Arthur Kill Terminal as an offshore wind staging and assembly port for the onshore assembly and deployment of large wind turbines to offshore wind projects off New York State.
The 2-year construction phase is estimated to produce over 1,000 jobs with more than $500 million in gross regional impact, and the ongoing operations are estimated to produce over 500 jobs with $147 million in gross regional impact.
The federal funding will be used to dredge approximately 740,000 cubic yards to create a 35 foot-deep ship basin to support further development of the adjacent 32-acre site, which is being developed by Atlantic Offshore Terminals, The offshore wind staging and assembly facility will contain 32 acres of upland area, a 1365-foot-long wharf with adjacent laydown area that has enhanced load bearing capacity, and two “program” areas, consisting of a tenant area with a combined warehouse and office building and a project owner’s area consisting of an office building.
“In April I was on Staten Island at the future site of Arthur Kill’s state-of-the-art wind turbine assembly facility, pushing for this major federal investment to help create a new era of technology, jobs, and clean energy for Staten Island,” said Senator Schumer. “This vital federal investment in Arthur Kill Terminal will provide New York a critical foothold in the offshore wind supply chain and create tremendous opportunities for new jobs, including for union workers, and local spending. This project will also help the state, too, by helping meet ambitious renewable power goals laid out in New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which requires 70 percent of New York’s electricity to come from renewable resources by 2030.”
The $48 million grant was among dozens of projects across the country that were awarded a combined $703 million through MARAD’s Port Infrastructure Development Program, made possible by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and FY 2022 Appropriations Act.
Another offshore wind port project, the Salem Wind Port Project in Massachusetts, received $33.8 million.
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