DONG Energy Completes Acquisition of U.S. offshore wind development project in New Jersey – Announces “Ocean Wind”
During today’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) New Jersey Renewable Energy Task Force Meeting held in Trenton, DONG Energy announced that the company has taken over RES Americas Developments Inc.’s (RES) more than 1000MW development project rights off the coast of New Jersey.
The New Jersey lease area, which was acquired by RES during the offshore wind auction held by BOEM on November 9, 2015, was legally taken over by DONG Energy on May 11, 2016. RES Americas will continue to support the development of the lease area as agreed with DONG Energy.The New Jersey lease area, which the company has named Ocean Wind, has a total size of 160,480 acres and is located approximately ten nautical miles offshore and has the potential to accommodate more than 1000MW of offshore wind, which could power 500,000 New Jersey homes.
The New Jersey lease is the second U.S. lease area for DONG Energy. The acquisition of the company’s first U.S. lease area was approved by BOEM in June 2015 along the coast of Massachusetts.Thomas Brostrøm, General Manager of North America, Wind Power, said: “DONG Energy’s entry into New Jersey is a great opportunity. As the world leader of offshore wind development, we look forward to expanding our profile in the U.S. and potentially building an industry.”The information provided in this announcement does not change DONG Energy’s previous financial guidance for the 2016 financial year.