Global offshore wind power pacesetter Orsted has sweetened its bid to build the 840MW Skipjack 2 project in the US Atlantic with the promise of $400m in capital investments in the state of Maryland, including a first-of-its-kind cable manufacturing facility that would generate hundreds of local jobs and help close a crucial gap in sector’s nascent supply chain.

The Danish developer has proposed to tie up with Greek contractor Hellenic Cables for the $140m facility, which would be located next to the planned wind hub at the Tradepoint Atlantic industrial centre in Baltimore, with the aim of producing up to 1,000km of inter-array lines a year for its upcoming projects.