Louisiana's first wind turbine arrives at Avondale Global Gateway

Louisiana’s first wind turbine and its components have arrived at Avondale Global Gateway (AGG) after a transatlantic journey from Ireland and the onshore turbine is now being prepared for installation at the Port Fourchon Coastal Wetlands Park by Gulf Wind Technology (GWT), headquartered at Avondale Global Gateway in Jefferson Parish.
Courtesy of Gulf Wind Technology (GWT)

Host was instrumental in ensuring the turbine’s seamless journey from Ireland. Far from being automated, high-level logistics resemble a complex game of Jenga or Tetris, requiring the skill and expertise that Host employees have mastered.

The transport of this turbine tested Louisiana’s pre-built infrastructure that could easily become part of the offshore wind supply chain. According to a recent report, more than 450 local companies, including Host and Avondale Global Gateway, are ready to support offshore wind in the Gulf of Mexico.

“This first turbine will demonstrate all the necessary elements for deploying wind energy projects in the Gulf, marking a crucial step toward realising the full technical and economic potential for offshore wind” said James Martin, Gulf Wind Technology CEO. “It's essentially a prototype to provide us research-oriented results that we can build upon and demonstrate the potential supply chain available in Louisiana, starting with Avondale Global Gateway and finishing at deployment near Port Fourchon.”

In addition to importing large offshore wind components, Avondale Global Gateway’s modernised enhancements can offer storage, sub-assembly, and on-site manufacturing and fabrication before loading turbine components onto barges for installation in the Gulf. Avondale Global Gateway’s all-encompassing value and proximity to the Gulf’s experienced workforce make it well-positioned to serve as a logistics and supply chain hub for future offshore wind opportunities.

“The arrival of this wind turbine underscores Avondale Global Gateway’s commitment to innovation” added Host Chairman and CEO Adam Anderson. “Avondale is a prime location for companies like Gulf Wind Technology, and we are proud that they call Avondale Global Gateway home. Together, we will continue to increase economic stability and energy development in Jefferson Parish, Southeast Louisiana, and beyond.”

Gulf Wind Technology established the country’s most advanced rotor technology innovation centre at Avondale Global Gateway in 2023 to develop wind turbine rotors designed to harness the Gulf of Mexico’s wind energy. This involves developing and demonstrating new approaches tailored to the region’s unique conditions, which include seasonal hurricanes and moderate average wind speeds.

The Accelerator also houses an offshore wind workforce and training program, leading the 187-foot test turbine to serve as an educational tool supported by Gulf Wind Technology’s cutting-edge composites lab and 30,000-square-foot technology facility at Avondale Global Gateway. It not only provides a unique platform for upskilling and training regional businesses and workforce but also enables Gulf Wind Technology to collaborate with STEM programs, universities, and national laboratories to showcase innovative American technologies designed for the Gulf of Mexico.

In April, global leaders toured Avondale Global Gateway to learn more about South Louisiana's burgeoning offshore wind industry capabilities during the Oceantic Network International Partnering Forum (IPF), the country’s largest conference for ocean renewables and offshore wind. Delegations from Germany and England, plus the Norwegian Ambassador, later toured Avondale Global Gateway to see how Host is creating an environment to support Louisiana’s offshore wind industry.

“Thanks to our extensive global network, we were able to support Gulf Wind Technology’s transport of this turbine as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible” said Amanda England, Vice President and General Manager of Avondale Terminal Services, a subsidiary of Host. “Not only do we have the vast acreage to support storing equipment of this size, but we provide the logistical solutions and  expertise to ensure it arrives at Avondale on time and in proper condition.”

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