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New Opportunities Blowing into Hampton Roads

Hampton Roads is ready to lead the way in the rapidly growing offshore wind industry. The region provides the industry the ideal location to build the supply chain needed to support projects up and down the East Coast. Hampton Roads has many offshore wind advantages including unmatched port infrastructure, the largest shipbuilding industry and maritime workforce in the country, a highly competitive business climate, and a strategic mid-Atlantic location with quick access to the open ocean and offshore wind development areas.

Key Facts

  • 21 Projects on the East Coast

  • Renewable power to millions

  • Estimated support for 5,200 new jobs

    Virginia's Advantages

    Virginia offers the ideal location for the development of the offshore wind supply chain. There is no other area on the east coast that is more capable of servicing the offshore wind supply chain.

    Ports

    The Port of Virginia's unmatched advantages include being the deepest port on the East Coast with approval to dredge channels to 55 ft., being under 3 hours from open sea with no overhead obstructions to impede shipping, and having congestion-free shipping channels for navigational flexibility.

    Workforce

    Hampton Roads has a skilled and talented workforce of more than 900,000 people. In addition, more than 80,000 active-duty military personnel are stationed at bases in the region, over 15,000 of whom exit the service in Hampton Roads.

    Facilities

    A variety of industrial sites are available to host offshore wind supply chains, some of which are ranked among the most highly suited sites in the country for the construction of turbines, blades, and foundations.

    Shipbuilding

    The Hampton Roads metro area has the largest percentage of the maritime workforce in the United States, is home to the largest military shipbuilding company in the world, and boasts a uniquely qualified maritime workforce.

    Business Climate

    Year-over-year, Virginia has been ranked among the top states for business, as hailed by both Forbes and CNBC.

    Strategic Location

    The Hampton Roads region is connected by one of the nation’s most modern highway systems, two international airports, and one of the deepest sea ports on the east coast.

    Anatomy of Offshore Wind

    Source: Tetra Tech

    Workforce

    Salaries in the region are approximately 7% below the national average, and Virginia is the northernmost right-to-work state on the east coast, differentiating Hampton Roads' workforce from other metropolitan areas.

    OccupationJobs
    Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers

    12,204

    General and Operations Managers

    9,929

    Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

    7,508

    First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers

    5,710

    Electricians

    5,424

    Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

    5,379

    First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers

    4,265

    Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

    3,760

    Mechanical Engineers

    2,224

    Electrical Engineers

    1,500

    Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines

    1,308

    Helpers - Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers

    863

    Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers

    387

    Structural Iron and Steel Workers

    361

    Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairers

    269

    Source: U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

    Partners

    Public, private, and academic partners are committed to growing the offshore wind industry in Virginia. 

    Dominion Energy

    VEDP

    Virginia Maritime Asssociation

    Port of Virginia

    DMME

    GO Virginia

    ReInvent Hampton Roads

    Hampton Roads Chamber

    Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

    Hampton Roads Workforce Council

    Old Dominion University

    Peninsula Chamber

    Connect with Us

    For more information on offshore wind opportunities in Hampton Roads, please contact Matt Smith, Director of Offshore Wind, Business Development at msmith@757alliance.com.

    Register with the Virginia Offshore Wind Supply Chain Partnership Directory now to stay informed of supply chain opportunities and receive industry updates.

    In Case you Missed It

    The Hampton Roads Alliance and Dominion Energy co-hosted a series of events designed to prepare regional businesses to become part of Dominion Energy’s Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project. Topics discussed included supply chain opportunities, supplier diversity, and preparing to work on a Dominion Project.

    Follow the link below to access the recording of the Hampton Roads event, or review the PDF of the presentation here.

    Dominion Energy has filed with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) the required Construction and Operations Plan (COP) to build the 2,640-megawatt Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) commercial project, the largest planned offshore wind farm in the United States.


    Avangrid Renewables submitted a Construction and Operations Plan (COP) to the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) on Friday, December 11th for the first phase of the company’s wholly owned Kitty Hawk Offshore Wind project. The COP also includes the findings from an economic impact study (EIS), conducted by the Public Strategy Group, which anticipates substantial economic and employment benefits to result from the construction of Kitty Hawk Offshore Wind’s multiple phases between 2021 and 2030.


    Dominion Energy announced today it has reached a major milestone – the keel laying – in the construction of the first Jones Act compliant offshore wind turbine installation vessel, currently being constructed by the global marine shipbuilding firm Keppel AmFELS at its Brownsville, Texas shipyard. With several gigawatts of offshore wind capacity to be installed along the U.S. East Coast in the next decade, access to Jones Act compliant offshore wind turbine installation vessels is of strategic importance to the U.S. offshore wind market.  


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