Blackstone Infrastructure's Portfolio Company Atlantic Power Transmission LLC Announces Partnership With Offshore Energy Industry Expert Morrison Energy to Invest in New Jersey’s Workforce and Bring Jacket Foundation Fabrication to the State
August 03, 2022 at 09:04 AM EDT
Atlantic Power Transmission LLC (“APT”), a Blackstone (NYSE: BX) portfolio company, today announced its partnership with Morrison Energy (“Morrison”) to position New Jersey as a global leader in rapidly developing offshore wind energy generation and transmission supply chain. The combined collective expertise of APT, Morrison and Blackstone collaborating on this landmark initiative underscores APT’s long-standing commitment to investing in New Jersey’s workforce and kicks off an exciting chapter in the East Coast’s clean energy transition.
As part of the agreement, Morrison will have a dedicated presence in New Jersey, adding leading industry expertise while supporting APT’s commitment of $50 million over 10 years to support workforce development investment in New Jersey via the fabrication of 5,000-ton substation foundation jackets. Union workers will receive training in a unique skill set, embodying Blackstone’s approach to working with local workforces and communities. The fabrication facilities will bring hundreds of jobs to New Jersey and will lay the foundation for future projects in the state.
APT will initiate this investment into the New Jersey workforce upon award of its bids to provide transmission supporting the delivery of 3,600MW of offshore wind power to the existing electrical grid under the New Jersey Offshore Wind SAA Transmission Solicitation initiated by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and PJM Interconnection.
The commitment contributes to the creation of a workforce hub for the burgeoning offshore wind industry in the Northeast region and the state, addressing one of the recommendations outlined by the New Jersey Offshore Wind Strategic Plan.
“Morrison is a leader in the energy sector, with an exceptional management team. I’m thrilled to work alongside Chet Morrison and Kirk Meche, who bring four decades of experience as thought leaders in the energy industry,” said Andy Geissbuehler, CEO of APT. “Partnering with Morrison will bring the industry expertise needed for this project and invest in training our local workforce to secure New Jersey’s position as a wind leader for decades to come.”
APT actively partnered with the New Jersey Union Coalition in support of the bids and will continue to further expand the existing partnership that APT and Blackstone have with labor. The project’s broad-based New Jersey Union Coalition includes the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, International Union of Operating Engineers Locals 825 and 25, Iron Workers Local 399 and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 456.
“The EAS Carpenters are encouraged by how APT and Morrison have seized this opportunity and are focused on plans to train and prepare New Jersey’s highly skilled tradesmen and women for future industries in our state,” said William C. Sproule, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters. “Our union has been committed for over a century to training the most skilled construction workers in the country, highlighting that fact by the recent expansion of our existing Hammonton, New Jersey, training center and opening the first union dive school in the country to meet the needs of the new offshore wind industry. The additional relationship of the EAS Carpenters with preferred partners APT and Blackstone will bring opportunity to New Jersey skilled tradesmen and women for years to come.”
Commenting on the partnership, Morrison’s Chief Executive Officer Chet Morrison said, “Morrison is committed to the development of offshore wind energy in the United States by supporting APT’s partnership in developing New Jersey’s union workforce with skilled workers who can propel the New Jersey wind energy sector forward for decades to come.”
Greg Lalevee, Business Manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825, remarked, “APT and Blackstone have been the ideal partners not only to IUOE 825 but New Jersey labor generally. They have proactively sought opportunities to train and credential our collective brotherhood in the skills needed for the transition to offshore wind. We are excited to collaborate with APT and Morrison on this new, groundbreaking initiative.”
Kurt Summers, Head of Public-Private Partnerships at Blackstone Infrastructure, commented, “We are thrilled to partner with Morrison and New Jersey’s labor force to anchor a transformative initiative that would provide jobs and accelerate the development of the local clean energy supply chain to make New Jersey the center of the offshore wind industry on the East Coast.”
In December 2021, APT announced its bid to develop a clean power transmission solution in response to the 2021 New Jersey Offshore Wind SAA Transmission Solicitation initiated by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. The partnership between APT and Morrison will be executed upon award of APT’s bid to provide transmission to deliver 3,600MW of offshore wind power to the existing electrical grid under the New Jersey Offshore Wind SAA Transmission Solicitation initiated by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and PJM Interconnection. Since 2019, Blackstone has committed over $16 billion in investments that it believes are consistent with the broader energy transition.
APT's comprehensive transmission solution is expected to generate $1.5 billion in economic benefits to New Jersey, including enabling 1,000 direct jobs annually during five construction years. Beyond these quantifiable benefits, APT and the New Jersey Union Coalition are working to establish New Jersey's industry leadership by focusing on maximizing local manufacturing opportunities, including working with local companies and building components in-state.
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Blackstone Infrastructure Partners
Blackstone Infrastructure Partners is an active investor in energy, transportation, digital infrastructure, and water and waste infrastructure sectors. We seek to apply a long-term buy-and-hold strategy to large-scale infrastructure assets with a focus on delivering stable, long-term capital appreciation together with a predictable annual cash flow yield. Our infrastructure investment approach focuses on responsible stewardship and stakeholder engagement to create value for our investors and the communities we serve.
Atlantic Power Transmission LLC (“APT”)
APT is a Blackstone Infrastructure Partners portfolio company headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey, and is dedicated to developing, constructing and operating planned transmission systems along the U.S. East Coast to enable efficient interconnection of commercial-scale offshore wind facilities.
Morrison Energy (Morrison)
Morrison, headquartered in Houma, Louisiana, has over 39 years of experience serving as a preferred contractor and fabricator for many leading energy companies. With U.S. and international fabrication experience, Morrison is well positioned to construct substation foundation jackets and ancillary components for large-scale projects.