CT companies to benefit if New London becomes hub for offshore wind industry

New London

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH)– ThayerMahan has been in business for about five years. Headquartered in Groton it now may be in the right place at the right time.

“We’ve been trying to put ourself in a position to support the offshore wind industry for a while,” said Mike Connor, President & Co-Founder of ThayerMahan.

That offshore wind industry could be coming to nearby New London with the redevelopment of State Pier and an agreement involving the city along with Orsted and Eversource.

“It’s going to have long lasting value to the state of Connecticut,” said Michael Ausere, Vice President of Business Development for Eversource.

Orsted is considered a world leader in building offshore wind farms.

“We want to take everything that Orsted has learned from its global experience, European and Asian experience, and bring that here,” said David Hardy, CEO of Orsted Offshore North America. “But we also want to create the supply chain.”

In addition to the construction work needed to redevelop the State Pier and all the preparation work which goes into building an offshore wind project, there will be continued maintenance as well. So the jobs created are expected to be around for decades to come.

“The technology that’s going to be required to make sure that offshore wind operates efficiently and safely really depends on the work that’s happening here at ThayerMahan,” said Rep. Joe Courtney, (D) Connecticut.

It’s one of fifteen projects selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to receive funding in support of the White House’s goal of generating 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030.

“This is a synthetic aperture sonar survey system,” said Connor who showed News8 its high tech sonar equipment which provides very precise measurement and imaging of the sea floor.

Technology which may position the Groton company well in the green and growing industry.

“So after the construction cycle is done there is work to be done in continuing surveys to ensure continuing environmental compliance,” said. Connor.

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