200 Million Wasted On New Bedord Ocea...

200 Million Wasted On New Bedord Ocean Wind Port ?

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Jack Kelly

Jamestown, RI

#1 Jul 28, 2014
New Bedford Marine Commerce Ocean Terminal How Much Is It ?
On October 20,2010 Governor Deval Patrick announced the building of the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal. The projected cost of the project was 35 million dollars. The project is located in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal was sold to the legislature and bonding committee that Cape Wind would use New Bedford as a its home port, construction and staging.
Quonset Point, Rhode Island has signed a $10,000.00 lease with Cape Wind . The 150 metric ton cranes in Rhode Island were built with the help of a federal Tiger grant of 22.3 million dollars. The cranes are more than adequate for the 3.6 megawatt gear driven wind turbines ordered by Cape Wind.
The Quonset Point project will start the Deep Water wind project as well as the Cape Wind project.
This entertains the thought of why the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center is building a commercial ocean wind turbine port in New Bedford when a port is already built a short distance away in Rhode Island.
New Bedford never was the port permitted by the federal government.
It's long been known if Cape Wind wanted to use New Bedford as the staging construction port they would have to file a new biological review with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The last set of reviews took over ten years.
The New Bedford project went out to bid at under 100 million but general rumors say the project is way over budget with six months of construction left to go. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center will not comment on the current financial outlook.
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center is undertaking the management of the development of the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal.The Director of Offshore Wind Sector Development for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center is Bill White.
Questions are already being asked of how they can put "lipstick on a pig" and the project costs could already double the 100 million dollar estimate which is six times the 35 million dollar estimate back in 2010.
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center looks like the new "Big Dig" contractors. Massachusetts officials have known all along that state projects like the "Big Dig" which started out at 3 billion usually come in 6 to 7 times there projected cost.
While researching the latest Cape Wind story and the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal. You get the sense that the Patrick administration sold the Legislature on the NB terminal using Cape Wind.
There is a May 8 2013 news story in which Massachusetts Secretary of Energy& Environmental Affairs Richard Sullivan testified before the Massachusetts House Bonding Committee..
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center will not comment on any finances with the ongoing terminal project.
Generally when state officials refuse comment on finances the projects are financially out of control.
Massachusetts Secretary of Energy & Environmental Affairs Richard Sullivan tells the news media and the House Bonding Committee that New Bedford will be the primary staging port for Cape Wind.
The final BOEM, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management report 2009 and the federal permit designate Quonset Point, Rhode Island as the primary port. Not New Bedford.
In the last week there have been many stories about Cape Wind and the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal. Cape Wind has declined to comment.
Cape Wind has signed a lease option and put down $ 10,000.00 on 14 acres of land at Quonset Point, Rhode Island. Not New Bedford
The bottom line : How much is the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal Going To Cost ?
Notes : Massachusetts Secretary of Energy & Environmental Affairs Richard Sullivan story : By State House News Service
on May 08, 2013 http://www.masslive.com/news/boston/index.ssf... “I am absolutely convinced that New Bedford will be the primary staging port for Cape Wind"

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