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Offshore auction attracts 14 bidders

UNITED STATES: Fourteen companies have been qualified to bid in the upcoming auction of offshore wind acreage off New York.

GE Haliade turbine being installed at the US's first offshore wind project, Block Island
GE Haliade turbine being installed at the US's first offshore wind project, Block Island

The US Bureau of Ocean Management (BOEM) will hold the auction, for 321 square kilometres, on 15 December.

The companies legally, technically and financially qualified to participate include Dong Energy, Statoil, WPD, Fishermen's Energy, EDF, Iberdrola's Avangrid, Innogy, and Deepwater Wind.

Also named are Energy Massachusetts, which tried unsuccessfuly to develop the 468MW Cape Wind project off Massachusetts, Sea Breeze Energy, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

BOEM has also pre-qualified CI-II NY, Convalt Energy, and Clean Power Northeast Development.

The lease area is in federal waters 21 kilometres off Jones Beach, New York.

"New York is a critical component in building a robust US offshore wind industry," said BOEM director Abigail Hopper.

The US's first offshore wind project, Block Island, also off north-eastern US, is expected to go online in November.

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