Supplied by local steel fabricators
We’re investing in Crystal Steel’s plant in Federalsburg, Maryland, to make it the lead supplier of prefabricated approved-for-construction steel components for Skipjack Wind Farm.
The plant will also supply the other projects under construction in the mid-Atlantic region. These include Ocean Wind 1 and Ocean Wind 2 in New Jersey – and, if our current bid is successful, Skipjack Wind 2.
Ørsted’s investment will fund the construction of new facilities and the purchase of new equipment, making the Delmarva plant into a state-of-the-art steel fabrication facility.
Skipjack Wind 1 will generate clean, renewable energy for the Eastern Shore using GE’s next generation of offshore wind turbines.
The project will help the state meet its clean-energy and emissions-reduction goals. At a modest scale, Skipjack Wind 1 is the right size project for Delmarva as it enters America’s growing offshore wind industry. Located 19 miles off the coast of the Delmarva Peninsula, the project will provide low impact to beach views. Subject to final agreed and signed contract and all required project approvals, Ørsted will deploy Haliade-X 12MW wind turbines.
Benefits to the community
Skipjack Wind 1 will create nearly 1,400 Maryland jobs. This includes 913 jobs (measured in full-time equivalents) during the development/construction phase and 484 jobs during the operating period. The project represents a significant economic investment in Maryland. Ørsted will spend at least 34% of the project’s total capital expenditures in Maryland, which is expected to be over $200 million, and contribute $6 million to the Maryland Offshore Wind Business Development Fund, which benefits the local economy. Ørsted will also invest a combined $38 million in in-state port and fabrication facilities to help establish Maryland as a regional hub for offshore wind construction.