In partnership with a number of states, a $ 150 million mission will construct wind energy parts

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An offshore wind project developer plans to overhaul a closed steel mill in Maryland to produce wind turbine parts, companies and union officials recently announced.

US Wind and the United Steelworkers union announced that part of the former Sparrows Point Mill near Baltimore will produce the monopile foundations that support offshore wind turbines. The monopiles will be nearly 40 feet wide, 400 feet long, and weigh about 5.5 million pounds each.

Operated by Bethlehem Steel for decades until it was sold and finally closed in 2012, Sparrows Point spans over 3,200 acres with easy access to steel materials, storage and assembly facilities, and water transportation. The $ 150 million project, known as Momentum Wind, is expected to create 500 full-time positions, reports the Pittsburgh Business Times.

Officials said the project is only part of the clean energy-focused plans from Tradepoint Atlantic, which took over the mill site in 2014. Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia have partnered to work together on offshore wind projects, the Times noted.

“The loss of Sparrows Point Steel Mill, which once employed thousands of workers, was a severe blow to the Baltimore community and all of US manufacturing,” United Steelworkers International President Tom Conway said in a statement. “Now we have the chance to create the jobs of the future here in this historic location and to ensure that these are good, union jobs that support families in this region again.”

Image source: Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun

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