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Equinor wins final BOEM backing for 2.1GW Empire Wind

RICHARD HEAP

February 23, 2024

Equinor has secured final approvals from the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for the construction and operations plan for its 2.1GW Empire Wind 1 and 2 projects off the coast of New York.

The Norwegian giant has been developing the Empire Wind complex in partnership with BP, but took full control of the projects in an asset swap deal last month. Empire Wind 1 is set to have headline capacity of 810MW and Empire Wind 2 is 1.2GW.

In return, BP has become sole operator of the Beacon Wind offshore complex.

Of Empire Wind, BOEM director Elizabeth Klein said: “This project represents a major milestone in our efforts to expand clean energy production and combat climate change. The Biden-Harris administration is committed to advancing offshore wind projects like Empire Wind to create jobs, drive economic growth, and cut harmful climate pollution.”

Equinor has entered the projects in New York’s ongoing fourth offshore wind solicitation, where the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority is looking to execute contracts by the end of June.

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