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Brooklyn Eyed as Offshore Wind Development Hub

Brooklyn Daily Eagle:

The nation’s leading [offshore] wind power developer plans to establish a major assembly hub in Brooklyn that would support construction of the largest offshore wind farm in the United States, proposed for 30 miles east of Montauk.

That factory would generate more than $80 million in economic activity and create hundreds of jobs, said the company, Deepwater Wind, which also plans to create a workforce training program.

[Deepwater Wind Vice President Clinton] Plummer said Brooklyn will play multiple roles on current—and perhaps future—Deepwater Wind projects. “One would be building portions of the foundations that connect the wind turbines to the sea floor,” he said. “These are massive structures; each one will weigh several hundred tons.” The company would build parts of those foundations here, “and put a lot of people to work doing iron work, steel fabrication, painting and other hands-on blue collar, good paying union jobs,” he added.

Other Brooklyn contractors will bid to fabricate the offshore substation “where the collection lines from all the wind turbines come together…a big structure of steel, electrical components and high-tech computers,” he said.

If all goes as planned, the South Fork Wind Farm will be just the second offshore wind farm in America, following one built by the same company off Rhode Island. The 90-megawatt, 15-turbine wind farm off Montauk could power 50,000 homes, the company said.

More: Offshore Wind Farm Could Bring Fabrication Hub, Hundreds Of Jobs To Brooklyn

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