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The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has granted 2,658MW of combined offshore wind capacity to Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind and Ørsted.

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, a 50-50 joint venture of EDF Renewables North America and Shell New Energies US, has secured a contract to deploy 1,510MW of capacity in a leased area offshore from New Jersey.

The joint venture intends to begin construction works in 2024.

The work will include investments and initiatives such as an agreement to train and hire local workers, as well as a 10MW green hydrogen pilot with South Jersey Industries and a turbine nacelle assembly centre at the New Jersey Wind Port.

The award by the NJBPU is said to be the largest combined award given in the US to date.

Atlantic Shores commercial and finance director Joris Veldhoven said: “As offshore wind prepares to take off in the US, this is a critical moment to lay the groundwork for workforce training and supply chain development.

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“Our robust project includes a number of essential initiatives to train local workers and bring manufacturing jobs to the state that will ensure New Jersey workers and the local economy reap tremendous benefits.”

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said: “By taking a whole-of-government approach and the strengths of our state, this award ensures that our investment in clean energy is also an investment in our communities and will generate good-paying, union jobs and bring valuable investments to New Jersey.”

Ørsted’s Ocean Wind II project, which was also selected by NJBPU, will receive a 20-year offshore renewable energy certificate (OREC).

Ocean Wind II will be developed by Ørsted near Ocean Wind I, the company’s first project in New Jersey, which was awarded a 1,100MW OREC order by the BPU in June 2019.