Deal in place to use New Bedford as staging ground for offshore wind power project

“This is very much a series of seminal events that are going to change the dynamic and trajectory of offshore wind in the United States forever,” Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. (WJAR)

The first offshore wind power project in Massachusetts waters has taken another step forward.

A deal is now in place to use New Bedford as the staging ground for construction.

Vineyard Wind, the company which earlier this year won the right to build the wind farm 14 miles off Martha’s Vineyard, signed a lease Monday to use the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal as the launch point.

“It’s a day where we make the first very concrete step in defining what is going to be a huge offshore wind project,” said Vineyard Wind CEO Lars Pedersen.

He said the activity will begin in 2020.

“You will see massive components being brought in. You will see staging of offshore wind turbines,” said Pedersen.

The facility is run by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

“(Its) truly is a unique facility in the United States. It was custom designed and custom built with off shore wind in mind,” Massachusetts Clean Energy Center CEO Scott Pike said.

The lease starts in 2020 at $9 million for 18 months.

“This is very much a series of seminal events that are going to change the dynamic and trajectory of offshore wind in the United States forever,” Gov. Charlie Baker said at an event announcing the lease.

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