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    Wind energy giant Ørstead to open Houston office


    November 22, 2022 - Shelby Webb, Houston Chronicle

     

      Nov. 22—The Danish company Ørsted, which claims a 25 percent market share of the offshore wind market, announced last week it will open an office in Houston to lead its engineering, procurement and construction efforts in the United States.

      Once it opens in the second half of 2023, the office will employ about 80 people. The company already has 115 employees in Austin and operates eight renewable energy projects in Texas.

      The Houston office will serve as a hub for the company's supply chain logistics, engineering, project planning and construction efforts.

      "Texas is already home to many of our land-based wind and solar farms that are providing economic opportunity, investment and clean American-produced energy," David Hardy, executive vice president and CEO of the Americas for Ørsted, said during a visit to Texas this week. "Our growing team in Texas will continue to build our business and footprint in the region."

      Ørsted's announcement comes as the federal government plans to lease portions of a 546,645 acre "wind energy" area about 24 miles off the coast of Galveston. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management hopes turbines built as part of the lease could produce enough electricity to power about 2.3 million homes.

      The Biden Administration hopes to kick start the development of 30,000 megawatts of offshore wind generation by 2030, a sharp increase from the 42 megawatts produced by the only two offshore wind farms in operation nationwide. Ørsted acquired the country's first offshore wind farm, located off the coast of Rhode Island, in 2018.

      Local and national officials hope the expansion will include a large footprint in the Gulf of Mexico, where workers and infrastructure already exist to support the region's offshore oil and gas operations. Ørsted is already paying to help build the first American-made offshore wind substation in Corpus Christi and is supporting the construction of a 472-foot offshore wind installation vessel in Brownsville.

      "With the largest offshore wind portfolio under development in the U.S. and one of the fastest growing onshore renewable energy businesses, we're proud to build on the energy legacy that is foundational to Texas with the latest clean energy technologies in wind, solar, storage, green hydrogen and e-fuels," Hardy said.

      shelby.webb@chron.com

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