Mayflower submits bids for up to 1.2 GW in Massachusetts offshore wind round

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September 27 (Renewables Now) - Mayflower Wind Energy LLC last week said it has submitted multiple bids in Massachusetts’ third offshore wind solicitation, with the largest scenario envisioning the interconnection of 1,200 MW at Brayton Point.

Mayflower Wind is a joint venture (JV) between Royal Dutch Shell Plc (AMS:RDSA) and Ocean Winds, which in turn is a JV created by EDP Renovaveis SA (ELI:EDPR) and Engie SA (EPA:ENGI). It is developing an offshore wind lease area that could host over 2,000 MW and was awarded 804 MW under Massachusetts’ second offshore wind solicitation.

The company said that the largest scenario will see it spend up to USD 81 million (EUR 69m) on its economic development programme. Success in the solicitation will also see it set up an operations and maintenance (O&M) port in Fall River at the Borden & Remington Ironworks complex.

This is the second bidder to reveal its participation in the tender. Vineyard Wind LLC, a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), said a week earlier it had submitted two options for its Commonwealth Wind scheme, of 1.2 GW and of 800 MW, in the Massachusetts Request for Proposals (RfP). It was subsequently announced that Avangrid Inc (NYSE:AGR) and CIP have agreed to restructure Vineyard Wind’s assets.

Public versions of the bids filed in response to the Massachusetts Clean Energy 83C III RfP were posted on Thursday last week. The list consists of Mayflower Wind and Vineyard Wind.

The solicitation was opened in May this year, seeking to procure at least 400 MW and up to 1,600 MW of projects.

Winners will be announced in December.

Earlier this year, Mayflower Wind announced the acquisition of interconnection rights at Brayton Point, the location of a former coal power plant, in Somerset, Massachusetts.

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