PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) – Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy will partner with Dominion Energy on a $ 200 million plant manufacturing turbine blades for offshore wind projects, creating 310 jobs, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said on Monday.

Virginia-based Dominion previously selected the Spanish company as a partner for its $ 7.8 billion power generation project 27 miles (43 kilometers) off Virginia Beach. The Siemens Gamesa plant at the Portsmouth Marine Terminal will produce turbine blades for the Virginia Coastal Wind Project as well as other offshore wind power generators in North America.

The factory project includes more than $ 80 million in investments for buildings and terminal equipment, where around 50 new service jobs are expected to support the effort.

“The US offshore market is a critical part of our overall global strategy, with our presence in Virginia playing a crucial and central role,” Marc Becker, CEO of Siemens Gamesa Offshore Business Unit, said in a statement.

Over the next 10 years, building and operating the offshore wind industry will represent $ 109 billion for companies in its supply chain, according to a recent report from the Special Offshore Wind Initiative. That figure is up from the group’s $ 70 billion estimate just two years ago.

Coastal states are poised to enter or expand their roles in the industry, and some are struggling to become supply chain hubs by planning and building onshore support sites for manufacturing components of wind power.

“Virgins want renewable energy, our employers want it and Virginia provides it,” Northam said in a statement. “Make no mistake: Virginia is building a new renewable energy industry, with new jobs coming up, and that’s good news for our country. “

In August, Northam announced that Dominion Energy would lease 72 acres of the multi-purpose deep-water ocean freight terminal in Portsmouth as a prep and pre-assembly area for the foundations and turbines to be installed off Virginia Beach. The project is expected to provide enough electricity to power 660,000 homes by 2026, Dominion said.

A two-turbine pilot project is currently operating off Virginia Beach. Federal officials announced the start of a review process for the project over the summer.

The Virginia Clean Economy Act sets a goal for Dominion Energy to build or purchase at least 5,200 megawatts of power from offshore wind by 2034 and achieve 100% carbon-free power generation by here 2045.


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