Vineyard Wind announces partnership with the City of Salem

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 30/09/2021 Vineyard Wind
Vineyard Wind, a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), has entered into an agreement with the City of Salem and Crowley Maritime Corporation to create a public-private partnership aimed at establishing Salem Harbour as an offshore wind port.

The agreement, part of the
Commonwealth Wind proposal, is contingent upon the company winning an award by the state of Massachusetts, which is currently evaluating offshore wind procurement bids.

Vineyard Wind claims that the project could create up to an estimated 400 full time equivalent (FTE) job years during the revitalization of the port and up to another 500 FTEs over the first five years of operation for construction and staging for wind projects and also day-to-day port operations, for a total of 900 FTE job years.  

Under the terms of the proposed agreement, Crowley Maritime Corporation, through its New Energy subsidiary Crowley Wind Services, will purchase the 42 acres surrounding Salem Harbour Station, currently owned by a subsidiary of Footprint Power LLC, and will serve as the long-term offshore wind port operator for the site. Vineyard Wind’s partners will serve as the port’s anchor tenants, utilising the property for the Commonwealth Wind project and for other projects in the company’s portfolio.

Commonwealth Wind project intends to use the site for turbine assembly and staging activities, using the site to store and assemble components – including blades, nacelles, and tower sections – as they are prepared for offshore installation.

Following the redevelopment of Salem Harbour, Avangrid Renewables will be the first tenant to make use of the site to assemble and deploy offshore wind turbines for
Commonwealth Wind and future projects. Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners will be the second tenant to utilise the terminal to assemble and deploy turbines for its future projects.  

“As offshore wind continues to expand, new purpose-built ports will be key to the success of this industry. By constructing the nation’s first purpose-built offshore wind port in New Bedford, Massachusetts has been leading the way.  With a new offshore wind port in Salem, the Commonwealth can ensure that it is ready to face the demands of a rapidly growing industry”
said Lars T. Pedersen, CEO of Vineyard Wind.  “With both New Bedford and Salem capable of delivering port operations needed for offshore wind, the state can ensure that both the South Coast and the North Shore can benefit from the creation of new, highly skilled and good paying jobs, something that will cement Massachusetts’ position as a leader in the new and growing offshore wind industry.”  

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