Deepwater Wind commits to local foundation facility

Would employ 300 people in Massachusetts location

DEEPWATER WIND said on Tuesday that it would assemble its turbine foundations in Massachusetts if it is awarded a state-authorized contract to build a wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard.

The Rhode Island-based company said New Bedford, Fall River, and Somerset are possible locations for the facility, which would employ 300 people, a lot of them welders.

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Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

The foundations are giant steel structures that would be drilled into the sea floor and provide support for the turbines themselves. Jeffrey Grybowski, the CEO of Deepwater Wind, said the steel would be manufactured elsewhere and brought to a local facility where it would be welded, painted, and prepared for installation. He said each foundation weighs about 1,500 tons.

As the state’s procurement process for offshore wind power enters the stretch run, the three companies are jockeying for position. With Tuesday’s announcement, Deepwater Wind is trying to position itself as the company that will do the most to make sure the offshore wind business builds a local supply chain of workers and businesses in Massachusetts.

The other two companies vying for state power supply contracts are Bay State Wind, a partnership of the Danish company Orsted and Eversource Energy, and Vineyard Wind. Deepwater is working with National Grid, which is seeking to build an expandable offshore transmission network that would serve Deepwater if it wins the initial contract and other wind farms if they win future procurements.