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Construction Starts on New Wind Energy Port at South Brooklyn Marine Terminal

The first phase of Empire Wind 1 will deliver 810 megawatts of renewable electricity to the city's electricity grid.
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Energy company Equinor plans to build an offshore wind staging and port facility at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal in Sunset Park.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams, New York Governor Kathy Hochul, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) President and CEO Andrew Kimball, Equinor Wind US President Molly Morris, and the Sustainable South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, L.P. (SSBMT) on Monday announced that they have started construction on a new wind farm facility in Sunset Park. 

The project will accelerate the city and state's clean energy transition and create a new industry with thousands of ‘green-collar’ jobs on site and in the supply chain, according to a news release. 

“The transformation of South Brooklyn Marine Terminal into the country's largest offshore wind port represents an incredible opportunity for our communities, our state and our world,” said New York State Senator Andrew Gounardes. “The project will bring clean energy, jobs, and millions of dollars in investment to Sunset Park and Red Hook and is a major step in transitioning New York to the energy system we need and deserve.” 

The 73-acre site will be turned into a cutting-edge facility for offshore wind operations, and will serve as the operations and maintenance hub for Empire Wind 1, a large offshore wind project, the first phase of which will deliver 810 megawatts of renewable energy to New York — enough to power 5,00 homes.

Additionally, SBMT will host an onshore substation to connect electricity from the offshore wind turbines into New York City’s' electricity grid at the Gowanus Substation in Brooklyn.  

“Today, we are powering up New York’s clean energy economy and creating more than 1,000 union jobs for working-class New Yorkers as we break ground on the largest dedicated offshore wind port in the nation at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal,” said Mayor Adams. “In addition to creating jobs and economic growth, this offshore wind project will significantly reduce our carbon footprint and ensure our city meets our climate goals of 100-percent clean electricity by 2040 and carbon neutrality by 2050. Together, with our recent acquisition of the Brooklyn Marine Terminal in nearby Red Hook, we are well on our way to re-imagining Brooklyn’s working waterfront for the 21st century, powered by the green economy and through our ‘Green Economy Action Plan’ that will help create jobs and opportunity for generations to come.” 

Construction on the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2026.