South Terminal project advances
A project to build an offshore wind staging facility in New Bedford took several steps forward this summer, but the timeline remains unclear for the start of construction.
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#1 Aug 25, 2012
With new marine terminal to come, Cape Wind picks New Bedford for operations
By PBN Staff
NEW BEDFORD – Massachusetts will construct a new marine terminal in New Bedford, which will accommodate the delivery, assembly and installation of offshore wind turbines for the Cape Wind project.
Gov. Deval L. Patrick made the announcement Wednesday afternoon, seemingly dealing a blow to efforts by Rhode Island to woo Cape Wind Associates to Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown.
Patrick’s office said the $35 million New Bedford facility would host 600 to 1,000 jobs supported by construction of the Cape Wind farm in Nantucket Sound. The terminal is expected to open in 2012.
“In the first half of the 19th century, New Bedford produced the advanced fuel of the age – whale oil – and became known as ‘The City That Lit the World,’” Patrick said.“Now, with this new terminal, and this first-in-the-nation project, New Bedford will once again begin to light the world, but this time with the clean, renewable energy resource of the 21st century – offshore wind.”
The New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal will consist of a 1,200-linear-foot bulkhead with deep-water access and roughly 20 acres of surface space. The governor’s office said Cape Wind’s turbine supplier, Siemens, would become the terminal’s first tenant. The terminal will provide dock space for delivery and construction vessels as well as space to store the turbine parts.
State and Cape Wind officials touted the terminal as a way to spark economic growth centered around the emerging renewable energy industry.
“With this announcement, we take an important step toward transforming New Bedford from the Whaling City to the Wind Turbine City,” said U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, chair of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.“The same winds that once powered whaling ships will soon be harnessed to meet our energy needs in Massachusetts and around New England.”
When not in use for offshore wind projections, the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal will be available for other marine commercial and industrial activities, such as bulk cargo and container shipping.
The container shipping operations would compete head-to-head with the Port of Providence, which recently received federal money to purchase two new cranes.
The announcement also appears to take Quonset Point out of the running to host Cape Wind operations. As recently as June a Cape Wind Associates spokesman had told The Standard-Times that the developer was still deciding between Quonset and New Bedford.
Cape Wind Associates had originally settled on using Quonset after evaluating six ports, but they became interested in New Bedford after heavy lobbying from Mayor Scott W. Lang, The Standard-Times reported in April.
But Quonset may still host a wind farm developer in the end. Providence-based Deepwater Wind has committed to establishing a staging area for its wind farms proposed off the coast of Rhode Island. The first farm proposed, an eight-turbine farm off Block Island, is tied up in court with a decision expected sometime next year. The second farm is years away from construction.
#2 Aug 25, 2012
Falmouth Masschusetts has been selected as the port for the Cape Wind project.
The New Bedford terminal has major environmental issues and is still in the permit stage .At least two years away.
Quonset Point received a 22.3 million dollar federal Tiger grant several years ago and has built several large cranes at Quonset Point. The Rhode Island port is already up and working .It was a World War I and II navy -air base with the largest barge company in the world Sensco and Cashman Marine the largest ocean wind contractor in the world.
For the last several years New Bedford has been designated as the port for Cape Wind. In a re-election speech on October 20th 2010 here is a quote from Gov Patrick : "Well, by God, the city of New Bedford is going to be known again as the city that lights the world."
Today we know the ocean turbine foundations will not be made in Massachusetts - China will be making the foundations -
New Bedford doesn't look to be the number one priorty of any ocean wind turbine contractors. New Bedford does not have one permit in hand and the only jobs in New Bedford for this project went to a Tacoma, Washington engineering firm!
#3 Feb 15, 2013
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