Steel of West Virginia happy to be part of an American collaborative energy project
HUNTINGTON, West Virginia (WSAZ) – An official at a steelmaker in Huntington said the company was excited to be part of a collaborative energy project to harvest offshore wind.
U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm announced on Thursday from Morgantown, West Virginia, that components from Steel of West Virginia will be used to help build a ship for the project along the Atlantic coast. She said it would be a collaborative effort between Steel of West Virginia, Dominion Energy and Orsted Offshore North America.
West Virginia steel components for use in offshore wind development
Officials say Orsetd Offshore North America plans to build large wind turbines and install them along the Atlantic coast, but needs a ship to transport the supplies.
Chuck Abbott, vice president and general manager of Steel of West Virginia, said the company is uniquely positioned to partner on the project.
âWe are the only steel plant in the United States capable of currently manufacturing or manufacturing bulb flats,â Abbott said. “” We like the idea, like most people, that if the US government spends its taxpayers’ money, it is well spent and it is going to support domestic manufacturers and not offshore manufacturing where working conditions cannot. not be up to the standards that we would appreciate.
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va., accompanied Granholm on his visit to West Virginia and his major announcement on Thursday.
Orsted Offshore North America CEO David Hardy said Steel of West Virginia will supply 1,600 short tons of steel components for the construction. According to a statement from Dominion Energy, the project is expected to generate up to 1,000 jobs among the various companies involved.
Abbott said the company is a plus for everyone involved, especially moving forward in a world of green energy.
âWe have moved to green energy with our solar facilities and production and in our shipbuilding production to show that West Virginia can do whatever it takes to do in this new 21st century green society. “
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