Connecticut Port Authority files permit request

In: PortsWindfarms
The Connecticut Port Authority has filed a permit application with the US Army Corps of Engineers to create a wind turbine generator port facility in US waters. The aim of the project is to upgrade Connecticut’s State Pier as an east coast offshore wind hub.

The proposed State Pier Infrastructure Improvement (SPII) with include onshore site work and in-water activities in the Thames River, New London, Connecticut, and will be completed in two phases.

Phase 1 will consist of onshore improvements and activities at the site, alongside some in-water demolition activities. Building demolition, excavation, grading, and installation of a stormwater management system and utilities are covered under this scope, as is derelict structure removal, authorized under a General Permit.

Phase 2 work consists of in-water and over-water improvements such as dredging, fill placement, and marine structure construction for creation of the new ‘Central Wharf’ area and heavy-lift pad.

The Connecticut Port Authority has already conducted soil and sediment characterization studies and has designed the project using ‘the best available measures to avoid and minimize adverse impacts to aquatic resources.’

The US Army Corps of Engineers has opened up a public consultation on the application and will make its decision based on responses.
The Corps is soliciting comments from members of the public, federal, state, local agencies; Indian Tribes and other interested parties to consider and evaluate the impacts of this proposed activity. Public comment is due no later than 3rd September 2020.

Connecticut is keen to become a key player in the burgeoning US offshore wind industry. Last year, the state solicited 804 MW from the
Park City Wind offshore wind farm, following a competitive auction.

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