Ground broken for Phase 1 of South Quay Project, Rhode Island

Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee and East Providence Mayor Bob DaSilva broke ground on Phase 1 of the South Quay Marine Terminal project. When completed, this terminal aims to act as a wind turbine staging area. 

The Governor and Mayor were joined for the groundbreaking by Senator Jack Reed, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman James Langevin, Congressman David Cicilline, House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, Senate Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey, East Providence Town Council President Robert Britto, Michael Sabitoni, President, RI Building and Construction Trades Council, and Don Law, South Quay Property Owner.

“Rhode Island is a leader in offshore wind and this critical investment continues to ensure that our state remains at the center of this key industry,” said Governor Dan McKee. “I’m grateful to our Congressional Delegation who made sure Rhode Island received our fair share of ARPA dollars and to the General Assembly for passing this proposal. Together, we will not only redevelop this land into a state of the art port but we will also create good paying jobs in the process.” 

"We are thrilled to see shovels in the ground on this project," Mayor Bob DaSilva said. "Thanks to our public-private partnership with the State of Rhode Island and the RI Waterfront Enterprises, this parcel of land, which sat idle for more than 40 years, will be a game-changer for our city and the region both for the offshore wind industry and the number of local jobs it will create." 

Thanks to funding from President Biden and Rhode Island’s Congressional Delegation, in his FY 23 budget, Governor McKee directed $35 million in American Rescue Plan funds for South Quay to transform an undeveloped parcel in East Providence and create a hub to support the offshore wind industry. 

Under the funding provided for Phase 1, the project development team (City of East Providence, RI Waterfront Enterprises, and RI Commerce) seek to finish the design activities and develop the waterfront portion of the South Quay Marine Terminal to result in a marine-industrial facility.

Phase 1 includes the following components a 525 foot berth, with a cofferdam bulkhead and concrete platform – this is enough for a single large vessel to berth (such as an offshore wind installation vessel, which are typically less than 500 feet long), or two barges, which are the types of vessels projected to be used for early mover offshore wind projects. Furthermore it will offer fendering, bollards, and water service at the bulkhead to accommodate large vessels. 

The first phase also includes approximately 10 acres of laydown area in the uplands behind the bulkhead. This laydown area would be operationally functional to allow for storage of materials/components. Additional grading and land improvements are to be made throughout the site.

South Quay is situated along the Providence River, right outside of the bustling Providence Harbor and adjacent to a deep-water channel. Additionally, the site is located within 75 nautical miles to the Massachusetts and New York Wind Lease, areas which will rely on sites like the South Quay for manufacturing, storage and construction.

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