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Former Coal Plant Could Be Reborn as Offshore Wind Fabrication Facility

May 18, 2018

Southcoast Today:

Turbine foundations will be built at Brayton Point in Somerset if Bay State Wind receives a Massachusetts contract for offshore wind, a company spokeswoman said Thursday.

German steel maker EEW and Houston-based steel company Gulf Island Fabrication, which will provide foundations for the project, have selected the former Brayton Point [coal-fired] power plant as their manufacturing location, according to Lauren Burm, a spokeswoman for Orsted, one of Bay State Wind’s parent companies.

Timothy Mack, who does business development in U.S. offshore wind for EEW, said the steel companies are negotiating a long-term lease for the entire Brayton Point property. “We think it’s one of the few long-term sites that…has long-term viability due to the quayside, the large acreage and the proximity to the sites,” he said.

Another plus for Brayton Point is the shipping channel, according to Mack. The dredged channel that served the plant for some 30 years for coal delivery remains largely intact.

Bay State Wind, a joint venture between Danish energy company Orsted and local energy company Eversource, is one of three projects competing in a state-supervised bidding process to supply offshore wind power to Massachusetts energy distribution companies. A 2016 state law requires the power companies to buy electricity from offshore wind.

More: Brayton Point Chosen For Wind Turbine Foundation Factory

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