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Developers seek to restart permitting process for 800MW offshore wind project in Massachusetts

January 26, 2021

Vineyard Wind has requested the restart of permitting for its 800MW offshore wind project in the US after rescinding a decision to withdraw a key permitting document for federal review.

The Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners joint venture said it believes consenting for the project off Massachusetts can “resume” as no changes to a Construction and Operations Plan (COP) are needed following a fresh review.

Vineyard last year withdrew its COP after switching from MHI Vestas to GE Haliade-X turbines. Federal lease agency BOEM responded by terminating the permitting process for the project.

“Since there are no changes required to the COP, we expect that BOEM can finalise their review based on the extensive analysis and studies of the project over the last three years,” Vineyard chief executive Lars Pedersen said today. “We look forward to completing the permitting phase of the project and to finalizing the engineering, contracting and financing of the first utility scale offshore windfarm in the US.”

Vineyard Wind still expects to reach financial close in the second half of 2021 and to begin delivering power to Massachusetts in 2023.

The project is an 800MW development located 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard and could become the first large-scale offshore wind farm in the United States. 

More: Avangrid, CIP ask BOEM to restart Vineyard permitting

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