Skanska selected as construction manager for New York offshore wind hub

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New York Construction Report staff writer

Equinor and BP have chosen Skanska USA as construction manager for the port upgrade of the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT).

Once completed, the terminal will be one of the largest offshore wind hubs in the nation and will serve as a national model for creating an offshore wind energy hub. Construction is expected to begin in 2024.

The project in Southwest Brooklyn, will transform the SBMT site into an industry-leading offshore wind port for the Empire Wind and Beacon Wind projects being developed off the coast of Long Island through a 50-50 partnership between Equinor and bp. Skanska’s initial involvement will be to provide pre-construction services.

The announcement was made at Equinor’s Supply Chain Expo at the CUNY Graduate Center, an event focused on helping local and regional manufacturers participate in New York’s new offshore wind industry and connecting them directly with Equinor and its key suppliers.

“The South Brooklyn Marine Terminal will play an integral role in powering New York homes with offshore wind energy, while restoring the working waterfront of Sunset Park and creating renewable energy career opportunities,” said Molly Morris president of Equinor Wind US. “SBMT is at the heart of our offshore wind hub, and once completed, will become a leading port facility for offshore wind nationwide. Together, we will collaborate in seeking to lower emissions from construction and bringing communities as well as minority and women owned business enterprises (MWBEs) into the supply chain.

“Equinor is excited to begin working with Skanska to transform the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal into a leading offshore wind hub for the community, New York State, and the nation,”

SBMT will provide crucial infrastructure for the construction of the wind projects, which will bring 3.3 GW of offshore wind power into New York, powering around 2 million homes.

“This port upgrade allows us to keep growing good offshore wind jobs and will help position the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal as a cornerstone for New York’s expanding offshore wind industry. We’re pleased that Skanska will join us in advancing this exciting project that supports the state’s net-zero ambitions – and those of our companies,” said Matthias Bausenwein, BP’s senior vice-president offshore wind.

Skanska, a 135-year-old firm. Some of their major projects in New York include the Moynihan Train Hall, the World Trade Center Oculus and the new LaGuardia Terminal B, recognized for its construction approach to sustainability and resilience from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.

“Skanska is delighted to partner with Equinor and bp on this cutting-edge project that will provide clean energy to millions of New Yorkers and reinforces our commitment to build for a better society,” said Justin Post, senior vice president, Skanska. “Through the strength of our building and civil construction operations here in New York City, this project will play a vital role in the community, providing a significant source of sustainable and renewable energy, while enhancing supplier diversity and increasing economic activity.”

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