The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has officially accepted EDF Renewables and Fishermen’s Energy application to build the up to 25MW Nautilus offshore wind off the coast of Atlantic City.

EDF said the agency is expected to review the project over the next few months and make a decision on whether or not to approve the project.

It added that the wind farm would consist of three turbines some 4.5km off the coast and could be completed by 2020.

Nautilus is expected to employ up to 600 workers for a year during construction, as well as providing additional jobs during operations and maintenance, the company said.

EDF Renewables regional project manager Doug Copeland said: “Our purpose with Nautilus is not just to deliver offshore wind power, but to leverage this initial build to help the New Jersey workforce quickly gain deep expertise in offshore wind in comparison with other states.

“With offshore wind poised to become one of the nation’s fastest growing production sectors, there is a real opportunity for New Jersey to lead the country in implementing future commercial scale projects faster and more cost effectively – all with a minimal impact on the ocean environment.”

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