Siemens Gamesa this week announced plans to build a major offshore nacelle manufacturing facility in New York State, if its wind turbines are selected by New York energy officials for their third round of offshore wind solicitation.
The planned facility will be located at the Port of Coeymans on the upper Hudson River, where state planners and wind industry developers envision a support hub for building and transporting turbine components. Gamesa says its nacelle factory “would create up to approximately 420 direct jobs, support a significant rise in indirect jobs, and represent an investment of around $500 million in the region.”
Alongside the nacelle project, Siemens Gamesa says it will localize new component supplier facilities, including steel component fabrication, bearings, and composite components, “demonstrating the further development of a sustainable local supply chain ecosystem. This could help double the number of jobs created by the facility.”
New York State currently plans for at least 2 gigawatts of offshore wind energy, and up to 4.7 GW in this third round of procurement.
“The announcement of this proposed facility in New York is a major step forward in our desire to lead the massive U.S. offshore wind market. We’re excited by the opportunity presented by the State of New York to further develop our manufacturing footprint,” said Marc Becker, CEO of Siemens Gamesa’s offshore business.
“We have a solid history in delivering on our commitments across the globe, including the establishment of offshore wind-focused plants in Denmark, France, Germany, Taiwan and the United Kingdom,” said Becker. “The numerous economic, employment, and environmental benefits that offshore wind presents are enhanced by solid policies and frameworks, which are critical for financial success."
The proposed facility and supplier network in New York would supply components for all Siemens Gamesa offshore wind power projects along the U.S. East Coast.
“The planned New York offshore wind turbine nacelle facility further solidifies Siemens Gamesa’s commitment and strategic plans for manufacturing and job creation in the United States,” according to the company.
“It is part of the company’s integrated plan to localize its offshore wind power supply chain on the U.S. East Coast and also builds upon Siemens Gamesa’s planned offshore wind turbine blade finishing facility in Portsmouth, Virginia as announced in October 2021.”