SYDNEY, N.S. — Nova Scotia transportation logistics provider Novaporte has announced a plan to develop a logistics hub for offshore wind projects in Cape Breton.
Novaporte has signed a concession agreement with Blue Water Shipping, a global provider of supply chain logistics services, and equity partner Membertou First Nation to develop the 200-acre equipment marshalling hub in Sydney for offshore wind energy servicing of projects along the east coast.
The partners will carry out offshore wind development and operational planning of offshore wind port design including marshalling, pre-assembly, logistics and safety, stated a release.
Blue Water, headquartered in Denmark, has 70 offices worldwide with onshore and offshore wind projects including the Fosen Vind project, which has a total of 278 wind turbines.
When completed, the Novaporte multi-use port facility plans to accommodate offshore wind marshalling, containers, bulk, roll-on/roll-off cargo, logistics, hydrogen and marine services.
The Government of Nova Scotia has recently announced an offshore wind and hydrogen strategy, with the initial target to build and produce five gigawatts of offshore energy by 2030.
“We wanted to partner with Blue Water Shipping because they are one of the largest port operators in the offshore wind energy space,” said Novaporte CEO Albert Barbusci in a statement. “We aspire to be like the Danish city of Esbjerg, where offshore wind started, and is a true leader in this space globally.”
“Membertou is a proud equity partner in the Novaporte project and believes in the project’s ability to bring long-term economic prosperity to Cape Breton,” added Terry Paul, chief and CEO of Membertou First Nation.
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