Just days after the first three major construction award contracts were announced for the 1,100-megawatt Ocean Wind 1 offshore project, Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday said the New Jersey Economic Development Authority signed a Letter of Intent with Ørsted Offshore North America for the state’s first offshore wind project.

When the Ocean Wind 1 project was initially approved by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities in June 2019, this approval was based on the project utilizing an existing out-of-state port to marshal the project.

Following the state’s groundbreaking investment in developing the first purpose-built port for offshore wind in the U.S., the project seized the opportunity to utilize the New Jersey Wind Port, being the first to officially join the state’s effort to develop the nation-leading wind power supply chain. This announcement is anticipated to create over 200 pre-assembly, loadout and stevedoring jobs in South Jersey, and hundreds of indirect jobs. Read More from ROI-NJ.