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New York State Launches Process to Upgrade Port Infrastructure

New York State has released a Request for Qualifications (RFQL) seeking proposals from port operators and market participants interested the development of port infrastructure to support the burgeoning offshore wind industry.

"Today’s commitment represents the nation’s largest infrastructure commitment to offshore wind and will be a critical ingredient in realizing the long-term economic benefits to the State from the regional development of offshore wind,”
commented New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez.

The offshore wind goals of both New York State and the broader northeast region now exceed 20 GW and are expected to create $70 billion in capital expenditure revenue opportunities for businesses in the U.S.

As the local offshore wind supply chain matures, a number of offshore wind port facilities will need to be either developed or refurbished across the region to support operations and maintenance, manufacturing staging, and other activities. The State already benefits from a diverse array of existing port infrastructure across three distinct geographic regions: New York Harbor, Long Island, and the Hudson River.

The RFQL is phase one of a two-phase process to pre-qualify applicants and then select proposals for public/private investment in port infrastructure. Responses to the RFQL are due 15th November by 3:00 p.m. ET.  

Only those applicants who are pre-qualified under this RFQL will be eligible to participate in a Request for Proposals (RFP) that will be issued by New York State in 2020. The RFP will be a competitive solicitation by which New York State may invest up to $200 million in New York port infrastructure. To be eligible, proposers must identify at least one port facility and describe the current level of site control or ability to obtain site control, and will be evaluated based on the demonstrated value and viability of the project.

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA,  said: "Today’s announcement is a major step in advancing the next generation of infrastructure upgrades needed for New York’s ports to support this growing industry while helping us reach economies of scale faster, develop a domestic supply chain more quickly and efficiently, and utilize ports and support developments all along the East Coast.”

New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has set a Green New Deal goal to develop 9 GW of offshore wind by 2035. The State has already selected two projects totalling 1.7GW (
Empire Wind and Sunrise Wind) to be commissioned by 2024, representing the single large renewable energy procurement by any state in U.S. history. Combined, the projects will create more than 1,600 jobs and result in $3.2 billion in economic activity including major investments to upgrade existing New York ports in downstate New York and up the Hudson River to the Capital Region.

For more information on offshore wind developments in the US,
click here. You can also view projects worldwide on 4C Offshores interactive map.

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