By Michael Sol Warren and Brent Johnson

SALEM – A new hub for New Jersey’s budding offshore wind power industry is coming to South Jersey, what officials tout as the first port built specifically for the purpose of offshore wind in North America.

Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday announced plans to build a new port in Salem County to support the development of offshore wind farms off the Jersey Shore.

Officials say the New Jersey Wind Port will create 1,500 permanent jobs, generate $500 million in annual economic activity, and help the state reach its goal of gradually relying more on so-called clean energy.

The facility is set to be built on the same artificial island that is home to the Hope Creek Nuclear Power Plant and Salem Nuclear Power Plant in Lower Alloways Creek.

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