Aeolus Energy Group (AEG), a market leader in wind turbine maintenance and repair, has announced a major expansion in the developing US offshore wind market. The company has begun development and construction of several key assets.

“We expect to create over 4,000 jobs in the coming years. AEG sees this investment as our demonstration of confidence in the US market,” Said Elia Golfin, CEO of Aeolus Energy Group. “The untapped potential of offshore wind energy in US coastal waters is well documented. The initial projects are well into their development – what is lacking is a US construction fleet, trained American workers, and port facilities to do the work. That is what we intend to create.”

AEG has announced an aggressive building plan featuring cable ships capable of installing both the medium and high voltage marine cables, as well as other vessels involved in offshore wind farm construction and port facilities in both Massachusetts and Maryland. 

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The announcement is the latest indication of the building confidence in the momentum for offshore wind in the United States.  For the submarine cable industry, the US supply chain seems to have similar momentum.  In February, Nexans announced that it would convert a plant in South Carolina from terrestrial to submarine power cable manufacturing, which would be the first domestic producer of such cables in the country.  Now AEG plans to build cable ships specifically for the installation of submarine power cables – again a first as the only cable ships currently based in the US are involved in the laying of fiber optic cable. 

“The Network is proud to have played a role in AEG expanding their role in the offshore wind marketplace,” said Liz Burdock, Executive Director of the Business Network for Offshore Wind. “Building port facilities in two key states and a fleet of offshore wind support vessels is exactly the infrastructure we need to move the industry forward, employ thousands of local residents and establish offshore wind as a US economic engine.”