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.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.