Long Island Firm Lands $200M Contract in Sunrise Wind Project – a Long Island Business News Article

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Melville-based Haugland Energy Group has been awarded a contract worth at least $200 million to install an underground duct system for Sunrise Wind’s onshore transmission line. 

The contract awarded Haugland Energy, an affiliate of Haugland Group, is the largest so far to come out of the offshore wind-power project and is expected to create more than 400 union jobs, according to a statement from Sunrise Wind’s joint venture partners Eversource and Ørsted. 

Haugland Group had already completed similar work for Eversource and Ørsted’s South Fork Wind project, which will power some 70,000 homes annually when it begins operations at the end of the year. 

Sunrise Wind is a 924-megawatt offshore wind project to be located about 30 miles east of Montauk. The project by itself will achieve roughly 10 percent of the state’s offshore wind goal of 9,000 megawatts by 2035, while also bringing $700 million of investment to Suffolk County and creating 800 direct jobs and thousands of indirect jobs in the state, according to the statement. 

In Nov. 2022, the New York Public Service Commission approved the project’s underground transmission route that will deliver electricity from Sunrise Wind to the existing Long Island electrical grid via a 124-mile submarine export cable. The onshore transmission cable will make landfall deep below the beach at Smith Point County Park in Shirley and follow an 18-mile route below publicly owned roads and rights-of-way to an interconnection point at the existing Holbrook substation. 

Onshore construction work is expected to begin later this year, with Sunrise Wind expected to be fully operational by the end of 2025. 

“Haugland Group LLC thanks Eversource and Ørsted for their continued confidence, as we are proudly named their local, chosen partner for Sunrise Wind,” Billy Haugland II, CEO of Haugland Group, said in the statement. “As New York State takes its boldest step towards carbon neutrality, Haugland Group is proud to cement its leadership role in the renewable energy industry. Sunrise Wind represents amplified opportunities for all Long Islanders, invigorating the local labor force and creating more than 400 union jobs, as well as new opportunities for local businesses and the contracting communities alike. Haugland Group is honored to be entrusted with Long Island’s utility infrastructure, while creating economic opportunities for Long Islanders.” 

Joe Nolan, chairman, president and CEO of Eversource Energy said the award is one of the largest offshore wind supply chain investments ever made in the United States.  

“And together with our state partners, we are committed to building a new clean energy future for the Empire State that will provide not only significant new benefits for local communities but also greater economic opportunity for workers,” Nolan said in the statement. 

John Caravella Esq., is a construction attorney and formerly practicing project architect at The Law Office of John Caravella, P.C., representing architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, and owners in all phases of contract preparation, litigation, and arbitration across New York and Florida. He also serves as an arbitrator to the American Arbitration Association Construction Industry Panel. Mr. Caravella can be reached by email: John@LIConstructionLaw.com or (631) 608-1346.

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Long Island Construction Law does not own this content. This content was created by David Winzelberg, and was published to the Long island Business News on April 24th, 2023. To view the full article, please click here.