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Through Statoil’s commercial lease for renewable energy development in an area off the New York coast south of Long Beach Island and east of the Rockaways, Empire Wind has the potential to generate capacity over 1 gigawatt. This is enough to power about a million homes.

The commercial lease was signed in March 2017, following the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) successful auction in December 2016. 

The State of New York has committed to a Clean Energy Standard, requiring 50 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable energy sources by 2030. Empire Wind can play a key role in helping New York achieve that benchmark, and providing needed energy to the New York metropolitan region.

Empire Wind is part of Statoil’s commitment to leadership in renewable energy development in the US and around the world. Statoil has a track record of success in the two largest offshore wind markets, the UK and Germany, and the company’s European offshore wind farms, either in operation or in construction, will provide over 1 million households with renewable energy.

Statoil in the US

Statoil is a Norway-based global energy company with over 40 years of experience in energy development. Statoil has begun pursuing renewable energy opportunities on the west and east coasts of the US and Empire Wind in New York represents the company’s first significant off-shore wind investment. However, Statoil has extensive experience in the U.S. and is a significant player in the exploration and development of oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico and from shale and tight rock formations throughout the mainland US. 

Map of U.S. government’s wind lease sale

Project

  • The Empire Wind site extends 14-30 miles southeast of Long Island, spans 79,350 acres, and covers water depths between 65 and 131.
  • At full operation, Empire Wind could include enough turbines for an installed capacity of over 1 GW annually, enough to power roughly 1 million homes.
  • Each turbine is expected to have an installed capacity of 10-15 MW.
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SCHEDULE

  • Statoil will submit a Site Assessment Plan (SAP) to the US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).
  • Site assessment and characterization studies and surveys are scheduled to start spring 2018. The results of these studies and surveys will provide the data necessary to compile a Construction and Operations Plan (COP) for the Empire Wind project.
  • BOEM requires submission of a COP within five years. Empire Wind can generate power as early as the mid-2020s.

How much

  • Empire Wind will be constructed by private investors. Investments for a 1 GW project are typically about 3 billion USD.

Environmental and social Impact 

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The first step for Empire Wind is to develop and submit a Site Assessment Plan (SAP) to BOEM.

BOEM requires the SAP to describe the initial activities necessary to characterise a lease site. For example, a SAP will include wind resource measurements using meteorological buoys, foror meteorological and oceanographic (metocean) data collection, as well as any requirements for testing new technology that emerges. 

The next phase is the development of the Construction and Operations Plan (COP). The COP describes all the activities necessary for the construction, operation, and decommissioning of proposed offshore wind farm(s) on the lease.

The COP also outlines the environmental, social and technical information needed for BOEM to undertake Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA) as part of its review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

As part of the ESIA, a wide range of potentially affected parties, identified through stakeholder engagement and scoping, will be able to participate in information gathering, site investigations, site-specific environmental surveys, and impact assessments.

Stakeholder engagement

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Both the normal regulatory process and Statoil’s corporate policy require that any significant environmental impacts of the Empire Wind project be taken into consideration throughout the development process. Statoil actively engages with stakeholders to foster a respectful and informative dialogue around issues of concern and to work through those issues collaboratively.

Statoil believes in the cooperative coexistence of offshore wind development and other marine industries. To that end, Statoil will pursue effective and meaningful consultation with the aim of avoiding or reducing impacts. Fisheries are a particularly important stakeholder to this project. Statoil intends to develop a draft Fisheries Liaison Plan (FLP) to address unique concerns, for example, cable corridors and landfall sites. The FLP will evolve as the project develops and new information becomes available.

Get in touch

Christer af Geijerstam
Director Empire Wind
Lars Andreas Sunde
Asset Project Manager

Supplier engagement

Statoil has a long history of effectively building international supply chains and striking the right balance between global competition, local businesses, local content, and skills.

Statoil recognises the great contributions that suppliers make to project success and the value they create for partners and customers. Please find more information on the link below:

FAQ's

Click below to read the answers to some of the frequently asked questions about Statoil's Empire wind project.