WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) today announced $47,392,500 from the Port Infrastructure Development Program of the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration to further develop the Baltimore County Offshore Wind Manufacturing Hub at Tradepoint Atlantic.
The federal dollars will be used to prepare the former site of the Bethlehem Steel shipyard and the future site of Sparrows Point Steel—Maryland’s first permanent offshore wind component factory – to accommodate heavy cargo onsite. Funds will also be used for site remediation and environmental activities.
“Through both the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act, we’re bringing manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. and back to Maryland, and this investment will help make Baltimore a competitive manufacturing hub for offshore wind and a premier destination for clean energy growth,” said the lawmakers. “In addition to the estimated 500 union jobs and highly sought after storage space supported by this project, these funds will help further establish Maryland as an innovation hub for clean energy and offshore wind manufacturing.”
The funding was made available through the Maritime Administration’s Port Infrastructure Development Program for fiscal year 2023. This program has expanded its investments around the country thanks to more than $2 billion included in the landmark Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The lawmakers expressed their support for this project in a letter to Rear Admiral Anne Phillips earlier this year.