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Wellsville company gets contract to provide steelwork for major wind projects

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The Wellsville-based company, Ljungström, has solidified another contract with Riggs Distler & Company, Inc. to provide specialized structural steelwork for the Revolution Wind and South Fork Wind projects, jointly undertaken by Ørsted and Eversource.

The company, known globally for its work in air preheater production, has been transitioning into the clean energy sector in recent years and has developed innovative fabrication processes for the industry. Ljungström announced the deal on Wednesday, marking an extension of its relationship with Riggs Distler following an $86 million contract in 2021 for the Sunrise Wind project.

The new offshore wind farms, Revolution Wind and South Fork Wind, will be located about 15 miles south of Rhode Island and 35 miles east of Montauk Point, respectively. Combined, they will produce over 800 MW of power. The Wellsville facility’s contribution to these projects will enhance its role in supporting nearly 3,000 MW of power production when the projects become operational. South Fork is anticipated to start commercial operations by the end of 2023, with the Revolution Wind project following suit by the end of 2025.

Ljungström will deliver its products for these projects to Ørsted’s offshore wind construction hub at ProvPort in Rhode Island, where Riggs Distler employees will assemble the components. The company has expressed confidence in the expanding role of its Wellsville facility in the wind energy sector. This news follows a recent $500,000 grant received by nearby Alfred State College from the Offshore Wind Training Institute to support workforce development in the industry.