April 4 (Renewables Now) - Germany’s EEW Group will set up a manufacturing base in Massachusetts for producing offshore wind components under a deal with the developers of the up to 800-MW Bay State Wind project.
EEW has sealed a contract with Bay State Wind, the 50/50 partnership between Danish utility Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED) and transmission builder Eversource Energy (NYSE:ES), according to a press release on Tuesday. Under its terms, EEW will produce monopile foundations and transition pieces, including secondary steel components, painting, and pre-fabricated components for offshore wind turbine foundations. US-based firm Gulf Island Fabrication Inc (NASDAQ:GIFI) will play a key role in the set up of local manufacturing.
More specifically, EEW will make the large steel pipes and primary pieces for the proposed Bay State Wind farm, which is to have between 400 MW and 800 MW of capacity near the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. Gulf Island, in turn, will provide the secondary materials and take care of the painting.
The partners in the project will have “new and specialised” steel manufacturing capabilities that have not been deployed in the US so far. They noted that they will strive to hire local suppliers and manufacturers.
The Bay State Wind project, including a 55 МW/110 MWh energy storage system, was last month awarded a covered project status under the FAST federal act that will expedite the federal permitting process. Once operational, the wind park is seen to generate electricity for 500,000 households in Massachusetts.