Equinor and BP will turn the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT) complex in Brooklyn, New York, into a major regional hub for offshore wind. The two companies have signed an agreement to transform the terminal into an offshore wind port capable of staging and assembling offshore wind technology components for the Empire Wind and Beacon Wind projects and for the growing US offshore industry on the East Coast.
The agreement was co-signed by terminal operator Sustainable South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SSBMT) and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).
The offshore wind projects on the US east coast are key building blocks to accelerate profitable growth in renewables and Equinor’s ambition to install 12 to 16 GW of renewable capacity by 2030.
Equinor and BP will create an operations and maintenance (O&M) hub and staging area at SBMT, while also pursuing the development of SBMT as a low-emissions facility. The port will become a staging facility for Equinor and BP’s Empire Wind and Beacon Wind projects that will supply 3.3 GW of energy — enough to power nearly two million New York homes.
The redevelopment will inject the Sunset Park waterfront with substantial investment from the new renewable energy economy, creating new jobs and providing an economic boost to the community. Equinor and BP’s activities at SBMT are anticipated to support more than 1000 jobs annually in the region.
At approximately 73.1 acres, SBMT will be one of the largest dedicated offshore wind port facilities in the United States. It is the only industrial waterfront site in the New York City area with the capacity to accommodate wind turbine generator staging and assembly activities at the scale required by component manufacturers.