With the U.S. government setting a target of producing 54 gigawatts of energy from offshore wind by 2030, major players in offshore wind development and maritime expertise have begun to form strategic partnerships. Apex Offshore Wind, LLC, Charlottesville, VA, and Maersk Line, Limited, Norfolk, VA, recently formed such a working relationship to support the development, financing and construction of utility-scale offshore wind energy facilities in North America.
Maersk Line, Limited (MLL), a subsidiary of A.P. Moller-Maersk, wants to expand its existing portfolio of maritime technical and transportation services and to build upon its commitment to environmental sustainability.
“MLL has chosen to partner with Apex Offshore Wind to speed the process of bringing offshore wind to North America,” said Greg Moore, Vice President of Business Development at MLL. “In Apex, we’ve found a partner that shares our values and entrepreneurial spirit, and that is committed to bringing this promising new energy resource to the continent.”
Apex is involved with the development of three offshore wind projects off of the U.S. Eastern Seaboard and on on the Great Lakes. Those projects are: the Hampton Roads Offshore Wind, Virginia, Outer Banks Ocean Energy, North Carolina, Maryland Offshore Wind, Maryland, and Lake Erie Wind Project, New York. The Apex Offshore Wind management team has been working to develop offshore wind energy projects in North America for over 9 years.
Tim Ryan, President of Apex Offshore Wind, believes that “to meet these ambitious goals, the rapid growth of the offshore wind energy industry in North American will require maritime players with significant experience, scale and resources, and a reputation for quality, responsibility, and safety. Maersk Line, Limited brings all of those vital elements into this collaboration.”
October 10, 2011