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Wind turbine manufacturer pulls out of $200 million Portsmouth project

Then Gov. Ralph Northam and U.S. Energy Sec. Jennifer Granholm talk off to the side following a Siemens Gamesa offshore wind announcement on Oct. 25, 2021. The Spanish company pulled out of the wind project around a month ago, according to Port of Virginia officials.

Posted on June 10, 2024

A Spanish wind turbine manufacturer vacated its lease and pulled out of a planned $200 million project at Portsmouth Marine Terminal.

Siemens Gamesa told the Port of Virginia about a month ago that the company is vacating its lease and canceling the project, Virginia Port Authority spokesperson Joe Harris said.

The project went through a number of potential uses before it fell apart, Harris said, including finishing turbine blades for offshore wind farms, including for Dominion Energy’s wind farm off the coast of Virginia Beach.

The planned turbine blade finishing facility, announced by Gov. Ralph Northam in 2021, was expected to create 310 jobs.

The company said in an emailed statement from a Siemens Energy spokesperson it would continue to meet its obligations for the Dominion wind farm.

“Siemens Gamesa discontinued plans to build and operate an offshore blade facility in Virginia, as development milestones to establish the facility could not be met,” the spokesperson said.


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