Ørsted, Tradepoint Atlantic Partner

US$13.2 Million Investment for Breakbulk Staging Area

Wind power developer Ørsted said it has reached a deal to add new breakbulk capacity and boost U.S. wind capacity in Maryland.

The agreement will see Ørsted partner with logistics park operator Tradepoint Atlantic to construct Maryland's first offshore wind energy staging center at the firm’s 3,300-acre logistics park in Baltimore County.

“This new center will create good-paying jobs, leverage Tradepoint Atlantic’s outstanding location and logistical assets, and put Maryland on the map as a global offshore wind industry hub,” said Claus Møller, chief operating officer of Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind.

Breakbulk Investment
The partnership was hailed as a “major milestone” in the development of the planned Skipjack Wind Farm, located 19.5 miles off Maryland’s coast, and a boon for breakbulk activity at the logistics park.

The proposed staging center will cover 50 acres and will be used for the reception and loadout of breakbulk components for offshore construction. Ørsted has committed to invest US$13.2 million at Tradepoint Atlantic and introduce significant improvements, including strengthening groundbearing capacity at the port. Investment will also allow heavy-lift cranes and specialized transporters to move wind turbine components, some weighing as much as 2,000 tons, from ships onto the site.

Scheduled for completion in 2022, the wind farm has the potential to produce 120 megawatts under a 20-year OREC award from the Maryland Public Service Commission.

LCE Hits 1GW Capacity

Ørsted separately announced that its subsidaiary Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE) had started commercial operation of its Lockett onshore wind farm in Texas this month. The commencement brings the total operational assets of LCE in the U.S. to 1 gigawatt.  

“I am proud of the LCE team and our wider Ørsted colleagues in completing another safe, on time and on budget construction project, and to cross this milestone of a gigawatt operating portfolio,” said Declan Flanagan, CEO of Lincoln Clean Energy.

The Lockett Wind project has a nameplate capacity of 184 megawatts and is located in a in Wilbarger, Texas.