Californian port gets $427m boost for new offshore wind infrastructure

On the other side of the US from New York State (see previous story) the US government has awarded a major grant to the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation, and Conservation District for the construction of a new marine terminal that will be used primarily for floating offshore wind-related activities.

Humboldt Bay Offshore Wind Minimum Viable Port (MVP) will get the grant from the US Department of Transportation’s Nationally Significant Multimodal Freight & Highway Projects (INFRA) grant programme, which received a substantial funding increase through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

The Humboldt Bay project will involve the construction of a modern marine terminal primarily for the transport, import, staging, preassembly, final assembly, launch, in-water construction, and long-term maintenance of floating offshore wind turbine devices in the area.

The project also includes environmental protection measures such as an eco-shoreline.

In 2022 Crowley signed an agreement with the Port of Humboldt Bay to negotiate exclusively to be the developer and operator of a terminal to serve as California’s first hub for offshore wind energy installations.

Later that year, the plans for two floating offshore wind farms in north California Humboldt sites received the green light following the first floating wind auction to be held in California.

The successful bidders for the two north California Humboldt sites, RWE and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CP), bid the highest prices per square kilometre of lease area.

Both companies have also identified the potential of at 1.6 GW and at least 1 GW, respectively for the sites.