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Dong Energy secures 1GW offshore wind lease in New Jersey from RES

CTBR Staff Writer Published 10 February 2016

Dong Energy has agreed to acquire the rights to develop a 1GW wind project off the coast of New Jersey, the US, from RES Americas Developments.


In November last year, the US Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) conducted a commercial auction for two offshore wind leases on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) off the coast of New Jersey with a capacity of approximately 2GW.

RES participated in the auction and secured the lease for area OCS-A 0498 (South Area) in New Jersey, an area with a potential to accommodate more than 1GW to be built after 2020.

RES has requested the BOEM to transfer its rights to this area to Dong Energy.

The acquisition is subject to approval from the BOEM, SeeNews Renewables reported.

RES said that it will provide project development services in the area.

Dong Energy wind power executive vice president Samuel Leupold said: "The US is an interesting market for offshore wind with the potential to become a significant area for future development. With the transfer of the offshore wind development projects in the US, we are broadening our international scope.

"The site conditions are quite similar to those we currently work with in North-Western Europe which means that the project could be developed using well-known technology."

Last year, RES reached a similar agreement to transfer its Massachusetts OCS Lease to Dong Energy.

RES, Americas CEO Glen Davis said: "We are excited to be continuing our close relationship with DONG Energy through this major project as they increase their participation in the US market.

"Leveraging our development expertise, along with Dong Energy's experience in offshore wind, we look forward to helping the BOEM with their goal to create jobs, develop clean energy resources, and reduce carbon emissions."

Meanwhile, Dong Energy is preparing to dismantle the 25-year-old Vindeby offshore wind farm as the the project's 11 turbines, installed in 1991, are worn down.

Dong is inviting dialogue on the possible reuse of infrastructure related to the wind farm.

Image: Dong Energy is preparing to dismantle the 25-year-old Vindeby offshore wind farm. Photo: courtesy of DONG Energy A/S.