Massachusetts Offshore Wind Ports & Infrastructure Assessment
In order to maximize economic development opportunities in Massachusetts associated with the emerging offshore wind industry, MassCEC has completed the Massachusetts Offshore Wind Ports & Infrastructure Assessment to identify and assess additional waterfront sites in the Commonwealth that may be available for private investment by the offshore wind industry.
While three offshore wind developers with leases in waters south of Martha’s Vineyard have committed to using the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal as the primary area for the staging, assembly and deployment of turbine components, the offshore wind industry has identified additional activities, including the construction and staging of foundations, manufacturing of components, and long-term operations and maintenance facilities, that may require secondary locations. With that in mind, MassCEC has identified a number of waterfront properties in Massachusetts that could be acquired and potentially improved through private investment to become suitable facilities for a number of offshore wind activities. MassCEC’s main objective for this assessment is to provide detailed property information to guide the offshore wind industry in their decision-making process when selecting sites to manufacture, stage and service offshore wind components for the offshore wind market in Massachusetts and along the East Coast.
Volume One – Existing Conditions Assessment: A comprehensive evaluation of 18 potentially available waterfront sites in Massachusetts. This Existing Conditions Assessment was completed in May 2017.
Read Volume 1: Intro to the Existing Conditions Report. This document is a short introductory report that complements the individual site Existing Conditions Assessments, which details the methodology undertaken to compile the comprehensive information. The site-specific Existing Conditions Assessments are located on the individual site webpages, links below and included in the Offshore Wind GIS Web Maps.
Volume Two – Engineering Assessment of Potential Site Redevelopment and Reuse Scenarios: Guided by offshore wind industry leaders worldwide, MassCEC established current and future trends for to develop a set of offshore wind facility requirements for component manufacturing, staging, and operations and maintenance. Volume Two's Engineering Assessment, completed in October 2017, overlays the facility requirements for each of the above-listed offshore wind activities with the existing conditions at each Massachusetts waterfront property and evaluate which locations could best support various activities. For each property, MassCEC performed an engineering analysis to create conceptual redevelopment designs, high-level cost estimates and permitting pathways required for the sites to be able to support offshore wind activities.
Read Volume Two: Engineering Assessment of Potential Site Redevelopment and Reuse Scenarios Executive Summary and Introduction Only. This document provides a snapshot of the full report, for a quick and easy download.
Read Volume Two: Engineering Assessment of Potential Site Redevelopment and Reuse Scenarios. This document is the comprehensive, 400+ page report detailing the methodology, all redevelopment and reuse cases for all 18 sites, and full cost estimate and permitting information. Due to document size, this link may take a few extra seconds to download.
To read the Existing Conditions Assessments, the Redevelopment and Reuse Scenarios, and review the backup documentation available for a specific site, click on the links below to visit specific site pages.
Fall River/Somerset Area Sites
New Bedford Area Sites
Boston/Quincy Area Sites
For questions on the Offshore Wind Ports & Infrastructure Assessment, please contact Christen Anton.