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18 waterfront sites assessed in MassCEC-commissioned report

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Massachusetts has released a detailed engineering analysis of 18 waterfront sites from Boston to Fall River that could be developed to support construction of 1.6GW of offshore wind over the next 10 years.

The information will help developers evaluate potential investments in the state, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) chief executive Stephen Pike said today at the AWEA Offshore Windpower 2017 conference in New York.

MassCEC commissioned the study carried out by Ramboll Environ, Apex and other local engineering companies, the University of Massachusetts (Boston) Urban Harbors Institute and Tufts University.

The vast majority of US ports face challenges for offshore wind construction, such as limited waterside industrial and laydown space, air-draft limits due to bridges, vessel restrictions and logistics at quayside, according to the report.

The assessment identifies several engineering strategies along with cost estimates that could address the limitations of the Massachusetts sites.

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Iberdrola, Deepwater Wind, and Dong Energy and Eversource intend to build multiple wind farms off the coast of Massachusetts, with the first projects scheduled to be operational in the early 2020s.

The three developers have already agreed to use the purpose-built New Bedford terminal for the majority of the staging work.

However, the industry will need additional facilities for foundation and transition piece fabrication and assembly, supply chain operations and O&M bases.

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