This file photo shows wind turbine blades arriving at the Port of Vancouver in Canada, headed for a project near Dayton, Wash. (Courtesy Port of Vancouver)
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — While there have been many proposed uses for the former U.S. Navy homeport in Stapleton, the city is now seeking interested parties who would like to develop a wind turbine assembly facility there.
The New York Economic Development (NYCEDC) put out a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) to offshore wind companies, service providers, manufacturers and developers, and other maritime industry businesses. The proposed facility would be an assembly area at the former homeport for wind turbines.
“We are excited about the opportunity to use our assets to support the development of offshore wind energy. Investments in offshore wind are poised to create good-paying jobs, improve infrastructure and generate clean, renewable energy that will benefit New Yorkers,” said a NYCEDC spokesperson.
The submission deadline is July 24, 2019, at 4 p.m. Respondents of the RFEI can submit questions to NYCEDC by 5 p.m. on July 8.
SOUTH SHORE PROPOSAL
The RFEI comes on the heels of another plan to build a similar facility on 21 acres of waterfront property that abuts the Arthur Kill in Richmond Valley.
The Manhattan-based Atlantic Offshore Terminals (AOT) is in the process of acquiring the property to build a wind turbine assembly facility, dubbed Arthur Kill Terminal.
AOT’s facility would house a state-of-the-art port facility for wind turbine staging and assembly, according to Boone Davis, president and CEO of AOT.
There would be more than 1,000 construction, permanent and other jobs created as a result of the facility, said Davis. Arthur Kill Terminal would also include unrestricted access for cargo and installation vessels, workforce training facilities, on-site warehouse for equipment and spare part storage, offices and more, he said.
There are many city and state approvals needed before the project could take shape, including those granted via the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, or ULURP.
Davis said AOT would hope to begin construction by the end of 2021 and be complete by 2023.
PROJECTS SPARKED BY CLIMATE BILL
Interest in creating renewable energy sources was sparked by the state Legislature’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which seeks to replace fossil fuels with energy sources, like wind turbines. The goal of the bill is to create 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind energy by 2035.