Equinor Launches Expo To Bring New Suppliers to Offshore Wind Supply Chain

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ALBANY, N.Y. December 14, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Equinor and partner bp launched the first of three Industry Supplier Expos with an inaugural event in the Capitol Region at Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC), in Troy New York, yesterday. More than 80 manufacturers attended the expo which is designed to help local and regional manufacturers participate in New York’s new offshore wind industry and connect them directly with Equinor and its key suppliers. Assemblyman John McDonald, 108 attended the event.Th Patricia Fahy, District and Assemblywoman from the 109Th District.

The Industry Supplier Expos are part of Equinor’s efforts to facilitate the growth and sustainability of a New York-focused supply chain to sell components and services in the offshore wind industry for decades to come. The series is a way for New York businesses and individuals to get involved in the offshore industry. The supplier expos also seek to foster involvement from minority- and women –owned businesses and service-disabled veteran owned businesses.

The Supply Chain Expo offers a unique opportunity for New York-based businesses to learn more about this exciting industry. Equinor, bp and others are dedicated to creating a strong regional supply chain. Offshore wind remains a new area in the United States. These events will allow us to connect with many manufacturers, particularly those from adjacent sectors such as aerospace, maritime and heavy industries, who are well-positioned for the offshore wind ecosystem. Molly Morris, President at Equinor Wind US.

Expo attendees had the opportunity to hear from industry leaders and suppliers working with Empire Wind projects. They also participated in “matchmaking” for one-on one information about how they can be part of the supply chain. In 2023, the second and third events for suppliers will be held in New York City and Long Island.

Doreen Harris, President & CEO NYSERDA“NYSERDA works collaboratively to create a New York-centered U.S. Supply Chain and clear pathways to long-term, well-paying careers in the offshore renewable energy industry. Equinor’s and bp will host an industry supplier event that provides an opportunity for Capital Region businesses to meet manufacturers and to capitalize on opportunities to join this rapidly growing ecosystem.

Panel discussion with key suppliers about how important it is to build local supply chains in order to support a new industry.

“Nexans is committed to building a local and sustainable supply chain for offshore wind and are excited to participate in Equinor’s Supply Chain Expo to learn more about the opportunities in New York,” Bjorn Lagegard of Nexans.

“GLDD is proud to share the success story of a U.S. company moving into the Offshore Wind Industry, particularly with the support from Equinor and NYSERDA.” Michael Greenwood, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock.

“Edison Chouest Offshore was proud to play a key role in the Empire Wind I/II construction by designing, building, owning, and operating a US Flagged Operations Vessel. Offshore wind farms are a great way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide opportunities for residents and organizations in New York State to participate in this burgeoning industry. Michael Braid (Vice President Renewables, Edison Chouset)

We applaud Equinor, New York and their leadership in developing the US offshore renewable industry. We look forward to building a sustainable supply system in New York, and deploying our V236-15 MW generator to bring the 2.1 GW Empire Wind offshore plant into operation. This event is a crucial step to build a solid value chain, deliver reliable jobs, and provide lasting benefits to New York State. Amy McGinty (Vestas North America Vice President Offshore Construction and Operations), said the statement.

“Marmen Welcon is thrilled to be part of the Port of Albany’s off-shore wind industry. We look forward to many partnerships with the community, businesses and the development of local workers to support this exciting industry.” Aimee Mairitello from Marmen Welcon.

Future supplier expos will be held in New York City at CUNY Graduate Center, February 7th, and Long Island at Farmingdale State College, March 10th.Th.

Equinor Renewables US

Equinor One of the most important offshore wind developers worldwide. Its American work includes the development and leasing of two areas in New York, Empire Wind & Beacon Wind. The projects plan to provide New York State with 3.3 gigawatts (GWs) of energy—enough to power nearly two million homes—including more than 2 GWs from Empire Wind and 1,230 megawatts from Beacon Wind 1. www.equinor.com/NY

The US has a bp

bp’s ambition is to become a net zero company by 2050 or sooner, and to help the world get to net zero. Bp has an economic footprint that is larger than any other country in the United States. It has invested more than $130 million in the economy and supported approximately 245,000 jobs. Visit www.bp.gov to learn more about the US. www.bp.com/us.

Empire Wind

Equinor is developing Empire Wind in partnership with bp, through their 50-50 strategic alliance in the US. Empire Wind will provide power to more than 1,000,000 homes and generate 2.1GW of power. Visit www.EmpireWind.com for more information www.empirewind.com.

Beacon Wind

Beacon Wind will be developing a 128,000-acre area in federal waters between Cape Cod (Mass.) and Long Island (Mass.). The lease area was purchased in 2019, and is currently being developed in two phases. Beacon Wind 1 is on track to deliver 1.2 GW of renewable energy directly to New York City in the late 2020s – enough to power 1 million homes. Beacon Wind 2 can generate an additional 1.2 GW clean energy for Northeast consumers. www.beaconwind.com

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Contacts

Lauren Shane is senior communications manager at Equinor Renewables US
[email protected]
+1-917-392-4252

Brian Young Senior Consultant Communications, Equinor US
+1-917-915-6461
[email protected]

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