By: Savannah Scarborough, Writer / Follow South Jersey Community Services Intern
PAULSBORO, N.J. — Governor Phil Murphy announced a two-phased, $250 million investment towards a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility planned to break ground in January 2021. Production of the project is set to begin in 2023 at the Paulsboro Marine Terminal in Gloucester County.
This facility will become the largest industrial offshore wind investment to date in the U.S., and Gov. Murphy and others created it to build monopiles, which in simpler terms are steel components, for offshore turbines.
Wind energy is considered to be the future of New Jersey. It is clean, safe, and offers an opportunity to the state’s economy. According to Senate President Steve Sweeney, these offshore wind manufacturers are vital to making the state a hub of the supply chain for wind energy products and services. These wind turbines will serve to build clean technology that will power homes and businesses.
The wind turbines will serve the entire United States offshore wind industry. The facility will also create more than 500 high-paying jobs, aiding those who may have lost their jobs due to COVID-19.
Before his announcement, Gov. Murphy announced plans to develop New Jersey’s Wind Port in Lower Alloways Creek. This plan intended to provide a location for essential staging, assembly, and manufacturing activities related to offshore wind projects on the East Coast. With Gov. Murphy’s first intended plan and Paulsboro Marine Terminal’s manufacturing facility, the two will take monumental steps forward in distinctly making New Jersey the country’s leader in offshore wind and clean energy procurement.
According to Gov. Murphy, developing New Jersey’s offshore wind capabilities has been a critical priority of his administration ever since he took office in 2018. He continued to state that the newest investment will allow New Jersey to protect their environment while also expanding and securing the state’s economy for the short and long-term.
Many New Jersey government members agree and applaud Gov. Murphy and other contributors’ decision to implement this investment to better the state’s environment and future.
“The need to transition to a clean energy economy is more important than ever before, and I applaud Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney, EEW, and Holt for recognizing that and taking action,” Congressman Donald Norcross said in a press release. “Critically, this project will generate hundreds of union construction jobs and I look forward to seeing the great work of our local building trades members.”
“I have no doubt that through offshore wind we are laying the foundation for a prosperous and equitable future,” New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities added in a release. “Establishing New Jersey as the East Coast hub of this exciting industry is paramount to the Governor’s vision for a clean energy innovation economy that works for all residents.”
This new facility will change Paulsboro and the surrounding area by supplying clean, safe, and fresh wind energy, providing jobs for community members, and all-around leading New Jersey to a more effective economy and future.
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This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.