Atlantic Wind Connection
, the company planning to build a massive wind energy transmission system off the United States' east coast said today it's has hired Bechtel Corp.
and Alstom Group
as contractors for the New Jersey phase of the project.
The goal of the Atlantic Wind Connection is to act as a transmission "backbone" for a new U.S. offshore wind industry, connecting offshore wind farms to the on-shore electrical grid.
The completed project will stretch from New Jersey to Virginia, but the company announced earlier this week it would build the New Jersey span first. Construction on the "New Jersey Energy Link" is set to begin in 2016 and be in service by 2019.
Today the company said Bechtel would serve as its engineering, procurement and construction contractor and Alstom will be its high-voltage direct current technical adviser for the New Jersey phase.
"Bechtel and Alstom are global leaders in the design and execution of complex power projects and both have successfully completed projects across the globe," said Robert Mitchell, CEO of the Atlantic Wind Connection.
Of course, neither company has built wind farms off the U.S. east coast, that's because the U.S. isn't yet in the offshore wind game.
New Jersey in 2010 passed a widely praised law setting up an Offshore Renewable Energy Certificate incentive program, but the program has yet to be implemented.
The most advanced plan for a wind farm off the New Jersey coast is Fishermen's Energy's plan for a demonstration wind farm
off the coast of Atlantic City. The company is currently waiting
to find out if it will be accepted in the OREC program.
The Atlantic Wind Connection is a partnership between Trans-Elect and Atlantic Grid Development. Google, Begal Energy, Marubeni Corp. and Eurogrid International are also sponsoring the project.