Vineyard Wind has announced a partnership with Marmon Utility, a Marmon/Berkshire Hathaway company headquartered in Seymour, Connecticut, to create the first Tier 1 offshore wind cable supplier in the United States.

The agreement calls for Marmon Utility to establish manufacturing capabilities at its Connecticut facility producing Kerite cables to supply some or all of the inter-array cable cores that will be needed for Park City Wind, the wind power project proposed by New Bedford, Massachusetts-based Vineyard Wind.

The agreement will go into effect if Vineyard Wind is awarded long-term contracts from Connecticut to provide 800MW or greater of offshore wind power in response to their 2019 solicitation. Under the planned partnership, Marmon Utility will invest up to $4 million to hire personnel and make equipment upgrades in its Kerite power cable facility that will allow the company to manufacture specific offshore inter-array cables needed for the Park City Wind project.

In turn, Vineyard Wind is committed to selecting Kerite cable brand as its preferred cable supplier for at least 50% of the project, which will make Kerite the first American Tier 1 Supplier in offshore wind.

The supply contract would lead to nearly $40 million in direct expenditures in Connecticut, while the Seymour facility expansion would create an estimated 35 permanent full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs. Over the next decade, the expanded facility could create up to 350 FTE jobs and almost $400 million in direct revenue in Connecticut.

The partnership “is an incredible opportunity for the state to truly develop a world-class offshore wind industry,” said Vineyard Wind CEO Lars Thaaning Pedersen. “Today’s announcement is an exciting step in the right direction but it is only the beginning.  Similar to the aerospace sector, we believe that manufacturers all over the state can be a part of this emerging industry, creating long-term jobs and economic opportunity for Connecticut residents.”

“A contract of this magnitude will create Connecticut manufacturing jobs, generate economic opportunity, and establish the Marmon Utility and our Kerite brand of power cables in the emerging renewable energy sector for decades to come,” said Angelo Santamaria, president of Marmon Utility, Power Cable.